Tennis: Alexandra Dulgheru in round 3 in Rome

Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru (43rd in WTA standings) delivered the surprise result of the day on Tuesday by defeating Russia’s Dinara Safina (top seed 3, former world number one), score 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1, and qualifying for the last-16 stage of the Masters tournament in Rome. The game lasted for two hours and 40 minutes. The Romanian player eliminated Italy’s Sara Errani in the first round, score 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Coming back after a back injury that kept her off court for three months, the Russian player lost the first set but took the lead in the second (5-3). Dulgheru equalised but Safina came back into the game winning the tie-break and taking the game into the decisive set. The pressure took its toll on Safina in the final set, the Russian player winning only one game. Dulgheru won the third set and defeated Safina, score 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

“I am very happy. It was an extraordinary game even though I know Safina is not in good form and comes after an injury, but she fought for every ball. I did my best to win and throughout the game I tried to hit as flat as possible. It wasn’t easy to stick with the tactic I chose but eventually I won,” Dulgheru stated for In the last-16 stage Dulgheru will play against Russia’s Nadia Petrova (top seed 14). For this result Dulgheru will receive 125 WTA points and a check for USD 20,000.

Sorana Cirstea defeated Raluca Olaru on Tuesday in an all-Romanian game counting for the first round of the tennis tournament in Estoril (Portugal), score 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The tournament has total prizes worth USD 220,000.

Latest news: Sorana Cirstea in quarterfinals at Estoril

Sorana Cirstea has qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament in Estoril after defeating on Wednesday Portugal’s Michelle Larcher De Brito, score 7-5, 7-5. The game was balanced and lasted for one hour and 40 minutes. In the quarterfinals Sorana Cirstea will play against the winner of the game that pits Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens against Netherlands’s Arantxa Rus. For this result Cirstea will receive 70 WTA points and a check for EUR 3,862. In Rome Alexandra Dulgheru lost her third round game against Russia’s Nadia Petrova (top seed 14), score 0-6, 6-3, 2-6.

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