No Romanian tennis player has got through to the upper
stages of the year's first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open. On
Monday, the Romanian-Brazilian pair, seventh-seeded at the Australian Open,
made of Horia Tecău and Marcelo Melo, sustained a round-of-16 6-4, 6-3 defeat
by the ninth-seeded pair made of Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Slovak Filip Polasek.
In the men's doubles version of the Australian Open, Tecau and Melo will
receive 65, 000 AUD and 180 ATP points. Horia Tecau is the only Romanian tennis
player to have won the Australian Open. We recall that in 2012 Tecau won the
mixed doubled finals pairing up with American tennis player Bethanie
Mattek-Sands. In the men's doubles, Horia Tecau twice reached as far as the
Australian Open's semifinals: in 2012, jointly with Swedish player Robert Lindstedt
and in 2015, when Tecau paired up with Dutch tennis player Jean-Julien Rojer.
At the Australian Open's ongoing edition, all hopes
were pinned on the tournament's second-seeded favorite, Simona Halep, who in
2018 reached as far as the semi-finals, being also a semifinalist in 2020. In
2021, Halep's winning streak at the Australian Open was stopped in the
quarterfinals. The Romanian defeated Australia's Lizette Cabrera and Ajla
Tomljanovic, Russia's Veronika Kudermetova and Polish opponent Iga Swiatek. However,
on Tuesday, Halep sustained a 6-3, 6-3, defeat by
Serena Williams, who is poised to outclass Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinals,
while Czech tennis player Karolina Muchova will face Jennifer Brady of the USA.
Serena William's win against Halep also mean that she tied record holder, Swiss
tennis player Roger Federer, who boasts 362 wins in Grand Slam tournaments.