Romanian players in action at the Australian Open.
Raluca Olaru has reached the second
round of the women's doubles at the Australian Open. Olaru and her doubles
partner, the Ukrainian player Olga Savchuk, on Thursday defeated the
Japanese-Porto Rican pair Naomi Osaka and Monica Puig in straight sets, 6-2,
6-4. Olaru and Savchuk will next face the 11th seeded
American-Chinese pair Raquel Atawo and Yifan Xu, who defeated the
all-Australian pair Jessica Moore and Storm Sanders in the first round in three
sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Olaru is now Romania's only player
still competing in the women's doubles in Melbourne. Monica Niculescu and her
doubles partner, the American player Abigail Spears, lost on Wednesday to the
Croat-German pair Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Andrea Petkovic in straight sets,
6-1, 6-4. On Thursday, Irina Begu and her doubles partner Lara Arruabarrena of
Spain were defeated by the US-Belgian pair Louisa Chirico and Elise Mertens in
straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Also on Thursday, Romania's Sorana Cirstea and
Germany's Carina Witthoeft, seeded 15th at this tournament, lost to
the Hungarian-Russian pair Timea Babos and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-4, 6-2.
On Friday, Romania's Horia Tecau and
Florin Mergea reached the third round of the men's doubles in Melbourne. Tecau
and his doubles partner Jean-Julien Rojer of Holland, a pair seeded 11th
at the Australian Open, defeated the all-Dutch pair Wesley Koolhof and Matwe
Middelkoop, 6-3, 6-4. Florin Mergea and his doubles partner, the British player
Dominic Inglot, seeded 16th in Melbourne, pulled off a hard-fought
win over the all-French pair Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy, whom they
defeated in three sets, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.