Halep has a chance to reign supreme over Pennetta

September 2013. A new name has been rising up the ranks on the WTA Tour. A small Romanian with a big heart. Her name? Simona Halep. Her ranking? 19th in the world. Her Grand Slam breakthrough needs to wait more.

September 2015. Simona Halep's three set victory over Victoria Azarenka means she will now play her third Grand Slam semifinal. The familiar face on the other side of the net will be Flavia Pennetta, who defeated the Romanian in the last 16 at the US Open two years ago. Revenge is on the cards.

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The situation at Sauber is ridiculous

“I am suing the team so I can be friends with them.” This is what Giedo van der Garde seems to say through his actions. The situation at Sauber is difficult to handle, as well as delicate and downright ridiculous.

While nobody knows what will happen in Friday’s practice sessions or in Saturday’s qualifying, it is a good moment for us to imagine how things would go.

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Simona Halep has the whole of Romania at her feet – and rightfully so

In the world of sport, when talking about Romania, only a few names spring to mind. Ilie Năstase, Nadia Comăneci and Gheorghe Hagi are probably the most important ones that fit in this select category of sporting heroes.

In tennis, Ilie Năstase was the first player to become World No. 1 since the ATP introduced its computerised ranking system back in 1973. His glory days have long ago passed, but recently, a fresh face has been causing quite a stir in the country’s sport scene and beyond.

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Hagi was right - Romanian football is zero!

In 1998, after a defeat in a friendly against Paraguay, Hagi was on centre-stage of a press conference that became very famous over the years. Frustrated with the press jumping to conclusions after the defeat in question, Hagi unleashed himself warning the journalists that their expectations were too big.

Romania's national team was going through a very good period of results. After reaching the last 16 in the 1990 World Cup, 1994 brought the team's best result of an international tournament, only penalties denying Romania a place in the semi-finals.

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Simona Halep would deserve the Romanian Sports Person of the Year Award

Sunday in Sofia, Simona Halep managed to defeat Sam Stosur for the third time this year. More importantly, the win brought the Romanian a huge title, as the match was the final of the Tournament of Champions. Six of the best players in the world that had won at least one tournament in 2013 participated.

The two women met for the first time back in 2010, in the first round of the Roland Garros. The Australian won in two sets. One year later, fate confronted them against each other once more, and Sam won again in the second round at Paris, Halep only managing to win two games in that match.

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