Sorana Cîrstea and Simona Halep have got through to
the third round of the Australian Open, which is the year's first Grand Slam
tournament. Carstea outclassed the tournament's new top-seeded player, the Czech
Republic's Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. Second-seeded competitor, Simona Halep,
secured a win against Australian challenger Ajla Tomljanovic, also in three
sets, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Simona's win was a hard-fought one as she came from behind
overturning Tomljanovic's 5-2 advantage during the match.
In news from women's handball, on Wednesday Minaur
Baia Mare made a huge leap towards the quarterfinals of the European League. Minaur
thrashed Norwegian opponents Storhamar at home, 40-27. Minaur Baia Mare are at
the top of the table in Group C, with 6 points in 4 games played. Minaur's last
group tie will see the Romanian team taking on German opponents Thuringer on
February 20 and 21st, on home court. The first two teams in the
group will go through to the quarterfinals.
Romania's capital city Bucharest this month is back on
the European map of football competitions. The first leg of the Champions League's
round of 16, pitting Atletico Madrid against Chelsea FC on Tuesday, February
23, will be hosted by the National Arena in Bucharest starting 22:00. UEFA's
decision has been taken in the wake of the restrictions imposed to the English
delegation, related to travelling on Spanish territory. The match will be
played behind closed doors.
In domestic football, matches counting towards Romanian
Cup's round of 16 are underway this week. On Tuesday, second-league team
Petrolul Ploiesti secured a 3-nil win against Poli Iasi. Chindia Târgoviște
grabbed a 3-nil win against second-league team Farul Constanta on Wednesday.
Another second-league team, Universitatea Cluj, defeated UTA Arad on home turf,
3-nil, while Dinamo Bucharest won the home game they played against FCSB,
1-nil. On Thursday, second-league squad Pandurii Târgu Jiu are pitted against
Gaz Metan Medias, Poli Timisoara play Astra Giurgiu, while FC Botosani play
Universitatea Craiova. Another second-league team, Dunarea Calarasi, has got
through to the Cup's quarterfinals since Turris Oltul Turnu Magurele has pulled
out from competition.