News from tennis, handball and football.
Romania’s Fed Cup team is this weekend playing Canada in Cluj Napoca. The match counts for the World Group II. The first singles matches are scheduled for Saturday. Romania’s team includes Sorana Cirstea, Irina Begu, Raluca Olaru and Ana Bogdan. Missing from the team will be Simona Halep, the world’s no. 2 tennis player.
Simona did travel to Cluj to support her colleagues, and has told Radio Romania: “I think it’s inappropriate to go out there unfit after the injury I sustained in Australia. From my point of view, it is not fair for the other players. They are match-fit and have displayed good tennis of late, and I think it’s far better for the team to include only players who are 100% fit”.
Romania is favourite to win against Canda. Our team recently defeated Canada, more exactly in April 2015, in Montreal, score 3-2. After that win Romania was promoted to the World Group.
Next it’s news from handball. This weekend will see matches counting towards women’s European inter-club competitions. In the EHF Cup’s group phase, HCM Zalau, the leader of Group D, will play Hoors of Sweden away from home on Saturday. Gheorghe Tadici’s trainees have already secured qualification to the next phase. In Group A, on Sunday, SCM Craiova is going up against Randers of Denmark away from home. Craiova needs at least a draw to advance to the quarterfinals. Also on Sunday, in Champions League, CSM Bucharest is playing Rostov-Don of Russia at home. Prior to this game, CSM tops Group 1 with 10 points, followed by Gyor of Hungary and Rostov-Don of Russia, each with 8 points.
From the world of football, let us note that the 24th fixture of the Romanian First League will be held this weekend. On Friday, Poli Timisoara will play FC Voluntari, while Astra Giurgiu will take on Gaz Metan Medias. On Saturday, Juventus Bucharest is playing Viitorul Constanta, while FCSB is playing CFR Cluj on National Arena stadium in Bucharest in the round’s highlight match. On Sunday, Universitatea Craiova is playing visitors Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe. On Monday, Poli Iasi will play FC Botosani and Concordia Chiajna will take on Dinamo Bucharest.