Irina-Camelia Begu

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Irina-Camelia Begu
Irina-Camelia Begu 2011 Budapest.jpg
Full name Irina-Camelia Begu
Country  Romania
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Born (1990-08-26) 26 August 1990 (age 24)
Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 2005
Retired Active
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,203,602
Singles
Career record 252-152
Career titles 1 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 38 (12 September 2011)
Current ranking No. 42 (20 October 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 2R (2011, 2012)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 2R (2012, 2014)
Doubles
Career record 172-96
Career titles 4 WTA, 19 ITF
Highest ranking No. 35 (30 July 2012)
Current ranking No. 73 (18 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2012)
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2012)
US Open 2R (2011)
Last updated on: 29 April 2014.

Irina-Camelia Begu (born 26 August 1990) is a professional Romanian tennis player. On 12 September 2011, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 38. Her highest doubles ranking of 35 was reached on 30 July 2012. She is coached by Marius Comănescu.[1]

Biography[edit]

Irina Begu was born in Bucharest. Her mother, Steluţa, works for the Government of Romania, while her father Paul is an electrician. She has an older brother, Andrei.[2]

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.[3] Her hobbies include shopping and going to the cinema with friends. She likes Melbourne and Paris, but her favorite city is New York.[2]

Irina's favorite surface is clay, she admires Martina Hingis and Roger Federer and her goal is to become a top 10 player.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2011[edit]

Irina lifted both the singles and the doubles trophies at 2011 Copa Bionaire and at the 2011 BCR Open Romania Ladies

Irina Begu started the year at No.234, never winning a main draw match at WTA level.

Begu won the first $100,000 ITF event of her career in February in Cali, defeating world No. 82 Laura Pous Tió in the final in straight sets.

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 No. 14 and former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 7–6, 6–4 to reach her first WTA final, eventually losing to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.[4]

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.[5] She eventually lost the last act against Top-seeded Roberta Vinci, 4–6, 6–1, 4–6.[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.[7] Begu lost eventually to the fifth-seed Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarterfinals, who was also the winner of the competition.[8]

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.[9]

2012[edit]

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[edit]

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 10 April 2011 Andalucia Tennis Experience, Marbella, Spain Clay Belarus Victoria Azarenka 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 10 July 2011 Poli-Farbe Budapest Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary Clay Italy Roberta Vinci 4–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 1. 15 September 2012 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Croatia Donna Vekić 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 19 October 2014 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4–6, 7–5, 1–6

Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (4–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–1)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 14 January 2012 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard Romania Monica Niculescu Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–5]
Runner-up 1. 28 April 2012 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanțu Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Russia Alexandra Panova
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [9–11]
Runner-up 2. 21 October 2012 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg, Luxembourg Hard (i) Romania Monica Niculescu Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 21 June 2013 Topshelf Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Winner 3. 22 February 2014 Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Sweden Johanna Larsson
South Africa Chanelle Scheepers
6-2, 6-0
Winner 4. 21 September 2014 Kia Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard Spain Lara Arruabarrena Germany Mona Barthel
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
6-3, 6-3

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q3 1R 2R 1R 1–3
French Open A Q3 A 2R 2R 1R Q3 2–3
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
US Open A Q1 A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–4 1–4 2–3 6–14
Year-End ranking 231 230 214 40 52 124

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open QF 3R 1R 5–3
French Open 1R 2R 1–2
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1–3
US Open 2R 1R 1R 1–3
Win–Loss 1–2 4–4 3–4 0–1 8–11

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 17 (11–6)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 10 September 2006 Bucharest 6, Romania Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanţu 3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 2. 9 September 2007 Braşov, Romania Clay Romania Cristina Mitu 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Runner-up 3. 23 March 2008 Ain Sukhna, Egypt Carpet Poland Katarzyna Piter 6–7(7–9), 4–6
Winner 4. 7 September 2008 Braşov, Romania Clay Romania Diana Enache 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 5. 14 September 2008 Budapest, Hungary Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei 7–5, 6–1
Winner 6. 11 October 2008 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay Belarus Anastasia Yakimova 6–2, 6–0
Winner 7. 26 October 2008 Glasgow, Scotland Hard Austria Patricia Mayr 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 8. 11 April 2010 Incheon, South Korea Hard South Korea Lee Jin-A 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 15 August 2010 Versmold, Germany Clay Poland Magda Linette 2–6, 5–7
Winner 10. 19 September 2010 Podgorica, Montenegro Clay Italy Annalisa Bona 6–1, 6–1
Winner 11. 13 February 2011 Cali, Colombia Clay Spain Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 12. 12 June 2011 Marseille, France Clay France Pauline Parmentier 3–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 23 July 2011 Bucharest, Romania Clay Spain Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–5
Winner 14. 9 March 2014 Campinas, Brazil Clay Russia Alexandra Panova 6-2 6-4
Winner 15. 16 March 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil Clay Russia Alexandra Panova 7-5 4-6 6-4
Runner-up 16. 6 April 2014 Medellin, Colombia Clay Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg 4-6 6-4 4-6
Winner 17. 30 June 2014 Contrexéville, France Clay Estonia Kaia Kanepi 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 26 (19–7)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 30 June 2006 Galaţi, Romania Clay Romania Carmen-Raluca Ţibuleac Romania Bianca Bonifate
Romania Diana Gae
6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. 11 May 2007 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Simona Halep Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Romania Ioana Gaspar
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 31 August 2007 Hunedoara, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Romania Diana Enache
Romania Antonia Xenia Tout
6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 9 September 2007 Braşov, Romania Clay Romania Diana Gae Romania Raluca Ciulei
Romania Camelia Hristea
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 15 June 2008 Craiova, Romania Clay Romania Alexandra Damaschin Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Romania Diana Enache
3–6, 1–6
Winner 6. 11 July 2008 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Ioana Gaspar Romania Mihaela Bunea
Romania Gabriela Niculescu
4–6, 6–3, [10–3]
Winner 7. 25 July 2008 Hunedoara, Romania Clay Romania Elora Dabija Slovakia Katarína Poljaková
Slovakia Zuzana Zlochová
7–5, 6–2
Winner 8. 29 August 2008 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok
6–2, 3–6, [10–6]
Winner 9. 5 September 2008 Braşov, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Romania Bianca Hîncu
Romania Cristina Stancu
6–2, 6–2
Winner 10. 14 September 2008 Budapest, Hungary Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Belgium Davinia Lobbinger
Israel Efrat Mishor
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 26 October 2008 Glasgow, Scotland Hard Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Switzerland Stefania Boffa
United Kingdom Amanda Elliott
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 12. 9 May 2009 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Simona Halep Germany Julia Görges
Austria Sandra Klemenschits
2–6, 6–1, [12–10]
Winner 13. 10 April 2010 Incheon, South Korea Hard Japan Erika Sema Japan Misaki Doi
Japan Junri Namigata
6–0, 7–6(10–8)
Runner-up 14. 18 July 2010 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Japan Erika Sema Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Germany Laura Siegemund
6–4, 1–6, [4–10]
Winner 15. 30 July 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Argentina María Irigoyen
Argentina Florencia Molinero
6–1, 6–1
Winner 16. 8 August 2010 Hechingen, Germany Clay France Anaïs Laurendon Germany Julia Schruff
Japan Erika Sema
6–2, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 17. 18 September 2010 Podgorica, Montenegro Clay Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu Russia Valeria Solovieva
Ukraine Maryna Zanevska
5–7, 7–5, [12–10]
Winner 18. 25 September 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Spain Leticia Costas-Moreira
Spain Eva Fernández-Brugués
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 8 October 2010 Madrid, Spain Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Spain Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
Spain María-Teresa Torró-Flor
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 20. 27 November 2010 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Romania Mădălina Gojnea Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Rika Fujiwara
6–1, 3–6, [9–11]
Winner 21. 12 February 2011 Cali, Colombia Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Russia Ekaterina Ivanova
Germany Kathrin Wörle
2–6, 7–6(8–6), [11–9]
Winner 22. 11 June 2011 Marseille, France Clay Russia Nina Bratchikova Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Romania Mădălina Gojnea
6–2, 6–2
Winner 23. 22 July 2011 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Italy Maria Elena Camerin
Turkey İpek Şenoğlu
6–7(1–7), 7–6(7–4), [16–14]
Winner 24. 21 July 2012 Bucharest, Romania Clay France Alizé Cornet Romania Elena Bogdan
Romania Raluca Olaru
6–2, 6–0
Winner 25. 15 March 2014 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Russia Alexandra Panova Argentina María Irigoyen
Bolivia María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
6-4 3-6 [11-9]
Winner 26. 31 March 2014 Medellín, Colombia Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Australia Monique Adamczak
Russia Marina Shamayko
6–2, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 27. 30 June 2014 Contrexéville, France Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Russia Alexandra Panova
France Laura Thorpe
3–6, 0–4, ret.

Awards[edit]

2011
  • WTA Newcomer of The Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Irina-Camelia Begu's Biography at ITFTennis". http://www.itftennis.com. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Begu, Irina (9 April 2011). "Biography". wtatennis.com. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Arabela din Marbella" (in Romanian). prosport.ro. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Azarenka dominates Begu, wins in Marbella". tennis.com. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Budapest: Begu Sets Vinci Final". metrolic.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Vinci beats Begu in final of Budapest Grand Prix". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Begu upset is ticket to quarterfinals". upi.com. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Palermo: Medina Cruises Through The Last Term". metrolic.com. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "The trophy stays in Bucharest!". bcropen.ro. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
WTA Newcomer of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Laura Robson