|Full name||Irina-Camelia Begu|
August 26, 1990 |
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 8 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 38 (September 12, 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 53 (May 20, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2013)|
|French Open||2R (2011, 2012)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2011, 2012)|
|US Open||2R (2012)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 17 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 35 (July 30, 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 69 (May 20, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2012)|
|French Open||1R (2012)|
|US Open||2R (2011), 1R (2012)|
Last updated on: May 20, 2013.
Irina-Camelia Begu (born August 26, 1990) is a professional Romanian tennis player. On September 12, 2011, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 38. Her highest doubles ranking of 35 was reached on July 30, 2012. She is coached by Marius Comănescu.
She started playing tennis when she was 3 years old, her aunt Aura Wagner coached her and she is currently working with two coaches at a club in Bucharest. Her hobbies include shopping and going to the cinema with friends. She likes Melbourne and Paris, but her favorite city is New York.
Professional career 
Irina Begu started the year at No.234, never winning a main draw match at WTA level.
In April, she entered the 2011 Andalucia Tennis Experience as a qualifier and eventually made the qualifications without losing a set. Then she defeated Alberta Brianti 6–4, 6–1 in the first round and followed that up with a 7–5, 6–0 win over Estrella Cabeza Candela to advance to the quarterfinals. She made to the semifinals after she beat 34th-ranked Klára Zakopalová 6–3, 6–3. In the semifinal, she stunned world #14 and former world #2 Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 7–6, 6–4 to reach her first WTA final, eventually losing to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.
Begu neared her first ever WTA title, reaching her second final of the year in Budapest on 10 July. The Romanian played the semifinal more aggressive than the fifth seed Medina who allowed the youngster break her when counted the most. Irina had previously crashed another Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela 6–0, 6–3. Her first round have brought her a 6–4, 6–4 win over another Spanish player, Laura Pous Tió whom she defeated 6–4, 6–4, and a second straight similar win over Ajla Tomljanović of Croatia. She eventually lost the last act against Top-seeded Roberta Vinci, 4–6, 6–1, 4–6.
She posted in July the lone upset of second-round at the 2011 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo tournament in Italy, defeating second-seeded Roberta Vinci 6–4, 6–3, after eliminating another local in the first round, Maria Elena Camerin. Begu lost eventually to the fifth-seed Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarterfinals, who was also the winner of the competition.
In the same month, Irina-Camelia Begu won the 2011 BCR Open Romania Ladies title from Bucharest, after defeating the Spanish opponent Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–5, in the final. Begu has achieved her third consecutive win against Laura Pous Tió, in 2011, after the ones in Cali and Budapest. It was her fifth final of the year and her second trophy. The 50 WTA points allow Irina to enter the top 50 of best women players in the world, becoming also the highest ranked Romanian player.
Irina-Camelia Begu, ranked World No. 96, won her opening match at the US Open, defeating the 8th seed, 2009 finalist and two-time semi-finalist Caroline Wozniacki. She won 6–2, 6–2. She subsequently lost to Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain in Round 2.
WTA career finals 
Singles: 3 (1–2) 
|Runner-up||1.||10 April 2011||Marbella, Spain||Clay||Victoria Azarenka||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||10 July 2011||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Roberta Vinci||6–4, 1–6, 6–4|
|Winner||1.||15 September 2012||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Donna Vekić||6–4, 6–4|
Doubles: 3 (1–2) 
|Winner||1.||14 January 2012||Hobart, Australia||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Chuang Chia-jung
|6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–5]|
|Runner-up||1.||28 April 2012||Fes, Morocco||Clay||Alexandra Cadanțu|| Petra Cetkovská
|6–3, 6–7(5–7), [9–11]|
|Runner-up||2.||21 October 2012||Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Hard (i)||Monica Niculescu|| Andrea Hlaváčková
Singles Performance Timeline 
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Doubles Performance Timeline 
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
ITF Circuit finals 
Singles: 13 (8–5) 
|Runner-up||1.||10 September 2006||Bucharest 6, Romania||Clay||Alexandra Cadanţu||3–6, 6–2, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||9 September 2007||Braşov, Romania||Clay||Cristina Mitu||7–6(7–2), 6–2|
|Runner-up||3.||23 March 2008||Ain Sukhna, Egypt||Carpet||Katarzyna Piter||6–7(7–9), 4–6|
|Winner||4.||7 September 2008||Braşov, Romania||Clay||Diana Enache||4–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||5.||14 September 2008||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei||7–5, 6–1|
|Winner||6.||11 October 2008||Jounieh, Lebanon||Clay||Anastasia Yakimova||6–2, 6–0|
|Winner||7.||26 October 2008||Glasgow, Scotland||Hard||Patricia Mayr||2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–1)|
|Runner-up||8.||11 April 2010||Incheon, South Korea||Hard||Lee Jin-A||4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||9.||15 August 2010||Versmold, Germany||Clay||Magda Linette||2–6, 5–7|
|Winner||10.||19 September 2010||Podgorica, Montenegro||Clay||Annalisa Bona||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||11.||13 February 2011||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Laura Pous Tió||6–3, 7–6(7–1)|
|Runner-up||12.||12 June 2011||Marseille, France||Clay||Pauline Parmentier||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||13.||23 July 2011||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Laura Pous Tió||6–3, 7–5|
Doubles: 24 (17–7) 
|Winner||1.||30 June 2006||Galaţi, Romania||Clay||Carmen-Raluca Ţibuleac|| Bianca Bonifate
|Winner||2.||11 May 2007||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Simona Halep|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Runner-up||3.||31 August 2007||Hunedoara, Romania||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Diana Enache
|6–3, 4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||9 September 2007||Braşov, Romania||Clay||Diana Gae|| Raluca Ciulei
|Runner-up||5.||15 June 2008||Craiova, Romania||Clay||Alexandra Damaschin|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Winner||6.||11 July 2008||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Ioana Gaspar|| Mihaela Bunea
|4–6, 6–3, [10–3]|
|Winner||7.||25 July 2008||Hunedoara, Romania||Clay||Elora Dabija|| Katarína Poljaková
|Winner||8.||29 August 2008||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Lyudmyla Kichenok
|6–2, 3–6, [10–6]|
|Winner||9.||5 September 2008||Braşov, Romania||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Bianca Hîncu
|Winner||10.||14 September 2008||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Davinia Lobbinger
|Runner-up||11.||26 October 2008||Glasgow, Scotland||Hard||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Stefania Boffa
|Winner||12.||9 May 2009||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Simona Halep|| Julia Görges
|2–6, 6–1, [12–10]|
|Winner||13.||10 April 2010||Incheon, South Korea||Hard||Erika Sema|| Misaki Doi
|Runner-up||14.||18 July 2010||Darmstadt, Germany||Clay||Erika Sema|| Vitalia Diatchenko
|6–4, 1–6, [4–10]|
|Winner||15.||30 July 2010||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| María Irigoyen
|Winner||16.||8 August 2010||Hechingen, Germany||Clay||Anaïs Laurendon|| Julia Schruff
|6–2, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Winner||17.||18 September 2010||Podgorica, Montenegro||Clay||Mihaela Buzărnescu|| Valeria Solovieva
|5–7, 7–5, [12–10]|
|Winner||18.||25 September 2010||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Leticia Costas-Moreira
|Runner-up||19.||8 October 2010||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
|Runner-up||20.||27 November 2010||Toyota, Japan||Carpet (i)||Mădălina Gojnea|| Shuko Aoyama
|6–1, 3–6, [9–11]|
|Winner||21.||12 February 2011||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Ekaterina Ivanova
|2–6, 7–6(8–6), [11–9]|
|Winner||22.||11 June 2011||Marseille, France||Clay||Nina Bratchikova|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Winner||23.||22 July 2011||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Maria Elena Camerin
|6–7(1–7), 7–6(7–4), [16–14]|
|Winner||24.||21 July 2012||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Alizé Cornet|| Elena Bogdan
- WTA Newcomer of The Year
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- Begu, Irina (9 April 2011). "Biography". wtatennis.com. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Arabela din Marbella" (in Romanian). prosport.ro. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
- "Azarenka dominates Begu, wins in Marbella". tennis.com. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- "Budapest: Begu Sets Vinci Final". metrolic.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
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