Irina-Camelia Begu

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Irina-Camelia Begu
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Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest
Born (1990-08-26) 26 August 1990 (age 28)
Bucharest
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachArtemon Apostu-Efremov
Prize money$4,656,358
Singles
Career record363–253 (58.93%)
Career titles4 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 22 (22 August 2016)
Current rankingNo. 52 (8 October 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2015)
French Open4R (2016)
Wimbledon3R (2015)
US Open2R (2012, 2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2012, 2016)
Doubles
Career record249–152 (62.09%)
Career titles8 WTA, 19 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 22 (1 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 22 (1 October 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2018)
French OpenQF (2017)
WimbledonQF (2018)
US Open3R (2015)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup14–9 (60.87%)
Last updated on: 8 October 2018.

Irina-Camelia Begu (born 26 August 1990) is a Romanian professional tennis player. On 22 August 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 22. Her highest doubles ranking of No. 22 she achieved on 1 October 2018.

Biography[edit]

Begu was born in Bucharest. Her mother Steluţa is a civil servant, while her father Paul is an electrician. She has an older brother, Andrei.[1]

She started playing tennis when she was three-and-a-half years old as her aunt, former tennis player Aurelia Gheorghe, introduced her to the sport. At 14 years old, Irina took part in a one-month tour promoted by the ITF with seven other girls and eight boys, joining the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Ricardas Berankis.[2]

Begu recently became a brand ambassador for TENA Lady sanitary products.

Professional career[edit]

2011: Breakthrough[edit]

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

Begu, whose favorite surface is clay, 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 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.[3]

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 aggressively than the fifth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues who allowed the youngster to break her when it counted most. Irina had previously dominated another Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela 6–0, 6–3. Her first round 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.[4] She eventually lost the last act against top-seeded Roberta Vinci, 4–6, 6–1, 4–6.[5]

In July she posted the lone upset of second-round at the 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.[6] Begu lost eventually to the fifth-seed Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarterfinals, who was also the winner of the competition.[7]

In the same month, Begu won the BCR Open Romania Ladies title, by defeating the Spanish opponent Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–5, in the final. Begu achieved her third consecutive win against Laura Pous Tió in 2011, after the two in Cali and Budapest. It was her fifth final of the year and her second trophy. The 50 WTA points allowed her to enter the top 50 best women players in the world, becoming also the highest ranked Romanian player.[8]

2012: First WTA title[edit]

Ranked world No. 96, Begu won her opening match at the US Open, defeating the eighth seed, 2009 finalist and two-time semifinalist Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. She subsequently lost to Sílvia Soler Espinosa of Spain in round two.

In September of that year, she won her first WTA title in Tashkent, beating Donna Vekic in straight sets in the final.

At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

2014: First WTA Premier final and two WTA doubles titles[edit]

Begu started the season losing in the qualifying of Sydney and Brisbane. At the Australian Open she passed through the qualifying draw, beating Stephanie Vogt, Jovana Jakšić and Madison Brengle before losing in the main draw to Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva in three sets. In Rio, she played the qualifying rounds and reached the main draw, where she made it to the quarterfinals after beating eighth seed Vania King and Verónica Cepede Royg. She then lost to Teliana Pereira in two sets. However, she won the title in the doubles, teaming up with María Irigoyen.

At Oeiras she reached the semifinals, beating en-route Kurumi Nara, Kaia Kanepi and Timea Bacsinszky before losing to eventual champion Carla Suárez Navarro. At Seoul in singles she lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers in three sets. In doubles she paired with Lara Arruabarrena defeating Mona Barthel and Mandy Minella in the final 6–3, 6–3, claiming her second WTA doubles title of the year. At Moscow she reached her first Premier final, beating Donna Vekić, 2nd seed Ekaterina Makarova, Tsvetana Pironkova and 4th seed Lucie Šafářová before losing to seed No. 6 and eventual champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. With this result, she returned to the top 40.

2015: First Major 4th round, second WTA title, top 30[edit]

Begu achieved her best singles Grand Slam result at the Australian Open, reaching the fourth round for the first time before being defeated by Eugenie Bouchard in three sets. Prior to that she upset ninth seed Angelique Kerber in the first round.

In Rio, Begu made semifinals by beating in her route Olivia Rogowska, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Julia Glushko in two sets before losing to eventual finalist Anna Schmiedlová in three sets.

As No. 13 at Charleston, she made quarterfinals after Makarova's withdrawal, losing in two tie-breaks to Angelique Kerber.

At Madrid she made the quarterfinals beating en route Kurumi Nara, Andrea Petkovic (who had to withdraw), and Barbora Strýcová before losing to Petra Kvitová. At Rome she made third-round losing in three sets to Victoria Azarenka.

At the French Open, Begu reached the third round for the first time beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Ana Konjuh en-route before losing to Petra Kvitová.

Prior to Wimbledon, Begu played in Birmingham and Eastbourne, but lost in the first round in both tournaments. She then reached the third round of the Grand Slam by beating Daria Gavrilova and Lesia Tsurenko before losing to fourth seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets.

At Washington as seed 6, Begu made quarterfinals by beating Madison Brengle and Polona Hercog before losing to top seed of the tournament Ekaterina Makarova. Despite only two wins in six matches in the American season, with her US Open opener lost, Begu reached a career high as the world No. 28 ranking.

Seeded No. 1, she then won her second WTA title in Seoul by defeating Kateryna Kozlova, Polona Hercog, Johanna Larsson, Alison Van Uytvanck, and in the final WTA rising star Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

2016: First Premier-5 semifinal and third WTA title[edit]

Begu started her season in Shenzhen, beating Lara Arruabarrena in the first round. In the second round, she had to withdraw in the second set in her match against Anna Lena Friedsam due to knee injury. Begu also withdrew from Sydney. She then lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Johanna Larsson.

In February she could not play at all. She had to withdraw from the Fed Cup, St. Petersburg and Doha because of her knee injury.

In March, Irina played the 2016 BNP Paribas Open, where she lost in the first round to Laura Siegemund, falling in three sets. She then played at the Miami Open, where she beat qualifier Maria Sakkari, Sabine Lisicki and Kristýna Plíšková, before losing to Madison Keys.

Begu started her clay-court season in Charleston where she was seeded No. 13. She beat Caroline Garcia, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Monica Puig (saving a match point) before losing to Angelique Kerber. After Charleston, Begu played for Romania in the Fed Cup, but lost both singles and doubles in their tie against Germany. At Rabat, Begu was surprisingly defeated by lucky loser Richel Hogenkamp in straight sets.

Begu's next tournament was Madrid where she arrived for the 2nd consecutive time in the quarterfinals of the tournament, beating Eugenie Bouchard, No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza and Christina McHale en-route. In the quarterfinals, she played against fellow Romanian Simona Halep, losing in three sets. She then played at the Italian Open and defeated Margarita Gasparyan before getting a surprising win over world No. 5 Victoria Azarenka. She then beat Daria Kasatkina and Misaki Doi en route to her first Premier-5 semifinal where she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams. Her next tournament was Roland Garros, where she beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands, CoCo Vandeweghe and Annika Beck before losing to Shelby Rogers in the fourth round.

In June, Begu began her grass-court season in Birmingham, eliminating fourth seed Belinda Bencic, before being upset in the second round by the in-form qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets. She then lost to a resurgent Eugenie Bouchard in her first match at the Eastbourne International. Her grass-court campaign ended with a first-round loss at Wimbledon to Carina Witthöft. Prior to the Olympic Games in Rio, Begu played at the Brasil Tennis Cup, where she beat Laura Pigossi, Paula Cristina Gonçalves, Nao Hibino, Monica Puig and Tímea Babos en route to her third WTA title.

2017: Fourth WTA title[edit]

At the Australian Open, Irina defeated Yaroslava Shvedova 5–7, 6–3, 6–4, but lost in the second round to Kristýna Plíšková, score 4–6, 6–7(8). On July 23, she won the Bucharest Open without losing a set in the entire tournament.

Significant finals[edit]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2015 Wuhan, China Hard Romania Monica Niculescu Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
2−6, 3−6

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (4–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2011 Andalucia Tennis Experience, Spain International Clay Belarus Victoria Azarenka 3–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 2011 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary International Clay Italy Roberta Vinci 4–6, 6–1, 4–6
Win 1–2 Sep 2012 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Croatia Donna Vekić 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–3 Oct 2014 Kremlin Cup, Russia Premier Hard (i) Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4–6, 7–5, 1–6
Win 2–3 Sep 2015 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–3, 6–1
Win 3–3 Aug 2016 Brasil Tennis Cup, Brasil International Hard Hungary Tímea Babos 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 4–3 Jul 2017 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay Germany Julia Görges 6–3, 7–5

Doubles: 15 (8 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–1)
Premier (0–2)
International (8–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–4)
Grass (1–1)
Clay (3–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2012 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Romania Monica Niculescu Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–5]
Loss 1–1 Apr 2012 Morocco Open International Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanțu Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Russia Alexandra Panova
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [9–11]
Loss 1–2 Oct 2012 Luxembourg Open International Hard (i) Romania Monica Niculescu Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
3–6, 4–6
Win 2–2 Jun 2013 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Win 3–2 Feb 2014 Rio Open, Brazil International Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Sweden Johanna Larsson
South Africa Chanelle Scheepers
6–2, 6–0
Win 4–2 Sep 2014 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard Spain Lara Arruabarrena Germany Mona Barthel
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
6–3, 6–3
Loss 4–3 Feb 2015 Rio Open, Brazil International Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure
Sweden Rebecca Peterson
0–3 ret.
Loss 4–4 Oct 2015 Wuhan Open, China Premier 5 Hard Romania Monica Niculescu Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
2−6, 3−6
Loss 4–5 Oct 2015 Kremlin Cup, Russia Premier Hard (i) Romania Monica Niculescu Russia Daria Kasatkina
Russia Elena Vesnina
3–6, 7–6(9–7), [5–10]
Win 5–5 Jul 2017 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay Romania Raluca Olaru Belgium Elise Mertens
Netherlands Demi Schuurs
6–3, 6–3
Win 6–5 Oct 2017 Tianjin Open, China International Hard Italy Sara Errani Slovenia Dalila Jakupović
Serbia Nina Stojanović
6–4, 6–3
Win 7–5 Jan 2018 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard Romania Simona Halep Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
1–6, 6–1, [10–8]
Loss 7–6 Jun 2018 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Premier Grass Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
China Xu Yifan
3–6, 5–7
Win 8–6 Jul 2018 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay Romania Andreea Mitu Montenegro Danka Kovinić
Belgium Maryna Zanevska
6–3, 6–4
Loss 8–7 Sep 2018 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Romania Raluca Olaru Serbia Olga Danilović
Slovenia Tamara Zidanšek
5–7, 3–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q3 1R 2R 1R 4R 1R 2R 2R 6–7
French Open A Q3 A 2R 2R 1R Q3 3R 4R 1R 3R 9–7
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R 4–8
US Open A Q1 A 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–4 1–4 2–3 7–4 3–4 2–4 4–4 22–30
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R Not Held 1R NH 0–2
Year-end championships
WTA Tour Championships Did Not Qualify 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A 2R 2R A A 1R 3R 2R 5–5
Miami A A A A 1R 2R A 3R 4R 2R 1R 5–6
Madrid NH A A A 1R A 2R QF QF 3R 8–5
Beijing NTI A A 1R A A A 1R 1R A 0–2
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Doha A Not Held NP5 A A A NP5 A 1R 0–1
Rome A A A A A A A 3R SF 1R 6–3
Canada A A A A LQ A A 1R A 1R 0–2
Cincinnati NTI A A A A A 1R 2R 1R A 1–3
Tokyo / Wuhan A 2R A A A 2R 2R A 3–3
Year-end ranking 231 230 214 40 52 124 42 31 29 43

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A QF 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R SF 10–7
French Open A 1R 2R 3R 2R A QF 2R 8–6
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A VF 5–7
US Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 4–8
Win–Loss 1–2 4–4 3–4 2–4 5–4 0–3 3–3 9–4 27–28

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 18 (11–7)[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 1. 9 September 2007 Braşov, Romania Clay Romania Cristina Mitu 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Runner-up 2. 23 March 2008 Ain Sukhna, Egypt Carpet Poland Katarzyna Piter 6–7(7–9), 4–6
Winner 2. 7 September 2008 Braşov, Romania Clay Romania Diana Enache 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 3. 14 September 2008 Budapest, Hungary Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei 7–5, 6–1
Winner 4. 11 October 2008 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay Belarus Anastasia Yakimova 6–2, 6–0
Winner 5. 26 October 2008 Glasgow, Scotland Hard Austria Patricia Mayr 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 3. 11 April 2010 Incheon, South Korea Hard South Korea Lee Jin-a 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 15 August 2010 Versmold, Germany Clay Poland Magda Linette 2–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 19 September 2010 Podgorica, Montenegro Clay Italy Annalisa Bona 6–1, 6–1
Winner 7. 13 February 2011 Cali, Colombia Clay Spain Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 5. 12 June 2011 Marseille, France Clay France Pauline Parmentier 3–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 23 July 2011 Bucharest, Romania Clay Spain Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–5
Winner 9. 9 March 2014 Campinas, Brazil Clay Russia Alexandra Panova 6–2, 6–4
Winner 10. 16 March 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil Clay Russia Alexandra Panova 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 6 April 2014 Medellin, Colombia Clay Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg 4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 11. 6 July 2014 Contrexéville, France Clay Estonia Kaia Kanepi 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 30 June 2017 Southsea, United Kingdom Grass Germany Tatjana Maria 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 27 (19–8)[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 1. 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 2. 9 September 2007 Braşov, Romania Clay Romania Diana Gae Romania Raluca Ciulei
Romania Camelia Hristea
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 15 June 2008 Craiova, Romania Clay Romania Alexandra Damaschin Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Romania Diana Enache
3–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 11 July 2008 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Ioana Gaspar Romania Mihaela Bunea
Romania Gabriela Niculescu
4–6, 6–3, [10–3]
Winner 4. 25 July 2008 Hunedoara Clay Romania Elora Dabija Slovakia Katarína Poljaková
Slovakia Zuzana Zlochová
7–5, 6–2
Winner 5. 29 August 2008 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok
6–2, 3–6, [10–6]
Winner 6. 5 September 2008 Braşov, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Romania Bianca Hîncu
Romania Cristina Stancu
6–2, 6–2
Winner 7. 14 September 2008 Budapest, Hungary Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Belgium Davinia Lobbinger
Israel Efrat Mishor
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 26 October 2008 Glasgow, Scotland Hard Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Switzerland Stefania Boffa
United Kingdom Amanda Elliott
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 8. 9 May 2009 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Simona Halep Germany Julia Görges
Austria Sandra Klemenschits
2–6, 6–1, [12–10]
Winner 9. 10 April 2010 Incheon, South Korea Hard Japan Erika Sema Japan Misaki Doi
Japan Junri Namigata
6–0, 7–6(10–8)
Runner-up 5. 18 July 2010 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Japan Erika Sema Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Germany Laura Siegemund
6–4, 1–6, [4–10]
Winner 10. 30 July 2010 Bucharest Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Argentina María Irigoyen
Argentina Florencia Molinero
6–1, 6–1
Winner 11. 8 August 2010 Hechingen, Germany Clay France Anaïs Laurendon Germany Julia Schruff
Japan Erika Sema
6–2, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 12. 18 September 2010 Podgorica, Montenegro Clay Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu Russia Valeria Solovieva
Ukraine Maryna Zanevska
5–7, 7–5, [12–10]
Winner 13. 25 September 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Spain Leticia Costas-Moreira
Spain Eva Fernández-Brugués
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 8 October 2010 Madrid, Spain Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Spain Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
Spain María-Teresa Torró-Flor
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 7. 27 November 2010 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Romania Mădălina Gojnea Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Rika Fujiwara
6–1, 3–6, [9–11]
Winner 14. 12 February 2011 Cali, Colombia Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Russia Ekaterina Ivanova
Germany Kathrin Wörle
2–6, 7–6(8–6), [11–9]
Winner 15. 11 June 2011 Marseille, France Clay Russia Nina Bratchikova Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Romania Mădălina Gojnea
6–2, 6–2
Winner 16. 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 17. 21 July 2012 Bucharest, Romania Clay France Alizé Cornet Romania Elena Bogdan
Romania Raluca Olaru
6–2, 6–0
Winner 18. 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 19. 5 April 2014 Medellín, Colombia Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Australia Monique Adamczak
Russia Marina Shamayko
6–2, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 8. 6 July 2014 Contrexéville, France Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Russia Alexandra Panova
France Laura Thorpe
3–6, 0–4 ret.

Record against other players[edit]

Begu's win–loss record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher is as follows:

Player Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Last match
No. 1 ranked players
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–2) at 2012 US Open
Germany Angelique Kerber 2–4 33% 1–1 1–3 0–0 Loss (2–6, 3–6) at 2016 Fed Cup
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 1–2 33% 1–2 0–0 0–0 Loss (6–7(4–7), 1–6) at 2018 Indian Wells
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 1–3 25% 0–2 1–1 0–0 Loss (6–2, 2–6, 3–6) at 2017 Beijing
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 1–5 17% 0–2 1–2 0–1 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2016 Rome
United States Serena Williams 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 Loss (4–6, 1–6) at 2016 Rome
Russia Maria Sharapova 0–3 0% 0–1 0–1 0–1 Loss (4–6, 2–6) at 2017 Tianjin
Romania Simona Halep 0–6 0% 0–3 0–3 0–0 Loss (1–6, 4–6) at 2018 Shenzhen
No. 2 ranked players
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 2–1 67% 0–0 2–1 0–0 Won (1–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–2 RET) at 2012 Fes
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 1–2 33% 1–2 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–3) at 2018 Seoul
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 0–3 0% 0–1 0–2 0–0 Loss (3–6, 6–1, 1–6) at 2018 St. Petersburg
No. 3 ranked players
No. 4 ranked players
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (6–1, 4–6, 2–6) at 2015 Sydney
Italy Francesca Schiavone 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Loss (3–6, 6–0, 1–6) at 2012 's-Hertogenbosch
No. 5 ranked players
Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–3) at 2018 Madrid
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (4–6, 3–6) at 2015 New Haven
Canada Eugenie Bouchard 1–2 33% 0–1 1–0 0–1 Loss (3–6, 1–6) at 2016 Eastbourne
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Loss (6–4, 6–7(10–12), 4–6) at 2015 Birmingham
Italy Sara Errani 0–2 0% 0–0 0–2 0–0 Loss (4–6, 1–6) at 2012 Palermo
No. 6 ranked players
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 2–2 50% 0–1 2–1 0–0 Won (7–5, 7–5) at 2017 Bucharest
Italy Flavia Pennetta 0–2 0% 0–0 0–1 0–1 Loss (2–6, 2–6) at 2012 Acapulco
No. 7 ranked players
Switzerland Belinda Bencic 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–4, 4–3 RET) at 2016 Eastbourne
Italy Roberta Vinci 1–4 20% 0–3 1–1 0–0 Loss (4–6, 3–6) at 2015 Wuhan
No. 8 ranked players
Russia Ekaterina Makarova 2–1 67% 2–1 0–0 0–0 Won (4–6, 6–3, 8–6) at 2018 Melbourne
No. 9 ranked players
United States CoCo Vandeweghe 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–7(4-7), 7–6(7-4), 10–8) at 2016 Paris
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 3–2 60% 0–0 3–2 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–1) at 2018 Fed Cup
Germany Andrea Petkovic 3–2 60% 1–1 1–0 1–1 Won (7–6(7–5), 6–1) at 2018 St. Petersburg
No. 10 ranked players
Germany Julia Görges 2–1 67% 1–1 1–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–5) at 2017 Bucharest
Russia Maria Kirilenko 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (6–7(4–7),4–6) at 2012 Indian Wells
Total 17–44 29.03% 6–16 11–21 1–7

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Wins 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 6
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2012
1. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 8 US Open, USA Hard 1st round 6–2, 6–2
2015
2. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 9 Australian Open, Australia Hard 1st round 6–4, 0–6, 6–1
2016
3. Spain Garbiñe Muguruza No. 4 Madrid, Spain Clay 2nd round 5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
4. Belarus Victoria Azarenka No. 6 Rome, Italy Clay 2nd round 6–3, 6–2
5. Switzerland Belinda Bencic No. 8 Birmingham, UK Grass 1st round 6–4, 4–3 ret.
2018
6. Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko No. 5 Madrid, Spain Clay 1st round 6–3, 6–3

Awards[edit]

2011
  • WTA Newcomer of the Year

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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