Tennis players got back to work as a number of tournaments are already under way in the Southern Hemisphere
Once the winter holidays over, tennis players got back to work as a number of tournaments are already under way in the Southern Hemisphere, in the buildup to the Australian Open. Unfortunately the Romanians did not manage to go through to the finals, neither in Brisbane, Australia, where the women’s tournaments have 855,000 dollars prize money up for grabs, nor in Auckland, New Zealand, where the prize amounts to 227,000 dollars. Under the circumstances, best placed was Alexandra Dulgheru, who sustained a 6-1, 6-nil defeat in the game against 3rd-seed, Danish Caroline Wozniacki, in the quarterfinals of the Auckland tournament.
Last year’s doubles world champions, the Romanian Horia Tecau and the Dutch Jean Julien Rojer fared a little bit better, since they reached as far as the semifinals in Doha, a tournament with one million one hundred and ninety thousand dollars prize money at stake. However, the German/Austrian pair made up of Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya outclassed Tecau and Rojer in the semifinals, 7-6, 6-2.
And now, news from handball, since two Romanian women’s teams will be proving their mettle in the Champions League’s main round. In the second group, Romania’s defending champions CSM Bucharest will be traveling to Macedonia, to play this coming Saturday’s fixture against Vardar Skopje, who are very strong. Ahead of the main round fixtures, Vardar have 4 points on their record sheet, while CSM Bucharest, 5. In Macedonia, the Romanians are in for a difficult task, given that on home court Vardar have an all-win record sheet, save for the fixture against another strong team, Hungary’s Audi ETO Gyor.
HCM Baia Mare are the second team that has made headway into the Champions League. Baia Mare are part of the first main group, but the Romanians will be starting off with zero points on their record sheet…This coming Sunday, HCM Baia Mare on home court will be taking on French opponents Fleury Loiret, a team that has 4 points ahead of the league’s main round. Both teams’ lineup includes the Champions League’s most efficient scorers: Baia Mare boasts French Allison Pineau, with 45 goals scored, while Fleury have Alexandrina Barbosa, whose record sheet so far includes 39 goals scored.
(Translated by Eugen Nasta)