Tennis: Sorana Cirstea, easy qualification for round of 16 in Melbourne Summer Set 2 tournament

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Romanian tennis player Sorana Cirstea qualified for the round of 16 of the Melbourne Summer Set 2 (WTA 250) tournament, with a total prize pool of 239,477 USD on Tuesday, after an easy victory over Russian Varvara Gracheva, 6-0, 6-0. Cirstea (31 years old, WTA's 39th) won in just 48 minutes against the Russian. Gracheva (21 years old, WTA's 77th) won only 19 points in this match, compared to the Romanian's 50. Sorana Cirstea secured a check worth 3,675 USD and 30 WTA points, and will play in the round of 16 against US player Amanda Anisimova, victorious with 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5 in front of Belgian Alison van Uytvanck. Also on Tuesday, Irina Begu defeated US player Jessica Pegula 7-6 (6), 6-3, the main seed. Irina's opponent in the round of 16 will be Italian Jasmine Paolini, who won the duel with Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. AGERPRES (RO - editor: Mihai Tenea; EN - editor: Adina Panaitescu)
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