Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens

World number one Simona Halep has claimed her maiden grand slam title winning the French Open. She is the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title, after Virginia Ruzici’s victory at Roland Garros in 1978. Halep won the Roland Garros girls’ singles in 2008 and is only the sixth player to do so, then win the women’s title.

Simona Halep retained top spot in WTA rankings

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has retained her numero-uno spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings. Halep maintains a lead of 425 points over second-placed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. After the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep became the active player with the most consecutive weeks within the Top 10. Halep started her 2018 season by winning the Shenzhen Open.

Romania to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government has approved a memorandum to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.If approved by President Klaus Iohannis, Romania will become the third nation after the US and Guatemala to open an embassy in Jerusalem.Israel has reportedly offered preferential treatment to the first 10 countries to make the move.

WADA suspends Romanian laboratory

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended Romania’s drug-testing laboratory for six months.WADA has imposed the sanction on the lab in Bucharest due to a number of non-conformities with regulations. The lab is now forbidden from testing any samples and must transfer any in its possession to another laboratory.

Romania Elects New Parliament

Romanians vote in a parliamentary election that is likely to hand power back to the leftist Social Democrats (PSD). PSD is led by Liviu Dragnea. The PSD campaigned on a promise to spend on welfare to address low living standards. Opinion polls show leftists could garner 40 to 44% in the vote, followed by their center-right rivals National Liberal Party (PNL) with about 18 to 27 percent.