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May 22, 2022

Victories for Romanians in the doubles tournament

Fourth seeds Max Mirnyi (Belarus) and Horia Tecau (Romania) required two hours and 10 minutes to beat Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 6-3. Mirnyi reached the 2007 final with Jonas Bjorkman.Victor Hanescu/Martin Klizan (Romania/Slovakya) also qualified for the second round after their victory against the Germans Andre Begemann/Martin Emmrich 6-3, 6-4, after one hour and ten minutes. In the women’s tournament, Romanian pair Irina Camelia Begu / Monica Niculescu defeated Eva Byrnerova / Romina Oprandi 6-2; 6-4 in one hour and 34 minutes and qualified for the second round. The double Sorana Cirstea / Tamira Paszek was eliminated from the competition.

Federer, del Potro fire into third round

Four-time former champion Roger Federer is one match win away from 250 victories at the four major championships (249-37 overall), atpworldtour.com reports.Federer completed a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow 31-year-old Nikolay Davydenko at the Australian Open on Thursday and will next challenge last week’s Apia International Sydney titlist Bernard Tomic.Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro closed out a straight sets victory over Benjamin Becker with four straight aces to complete a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win in one hour and 44 minutes. It was his ninth straight win over a German player. Del Potro, who struck 22 aces and 50 winners, has lost to Federer in the quarter-finals in 2009 and 2012.Being the youngest player to earn her way into the main draw means that 16-year-old Donna Vekic didn’t make it there on luck, but former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki showed the Croat she still has a long way to go before she can seriously contend for major titles when she handily took care of her in a 6-1 6-4 second-round victory.Any fears that Serena Williams may be hampered by an ankle injury sustained during her first-round match were quickly dispelled on Thursday. The five-time Australian Open champion moved freely and confidently in her 6-2 6-0 victory over 19-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. Next up for Williams will be either Ayumi Morita or Annika Beck – neither of whom the third seed has played.

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