Irina-Camelia Begu

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Irina-Camelia Begu
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Begu at the 2016 US Open
Full name Irina-Camelia Begu
Country (sports)  Romania
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Born (1990-08-26) 26 August 1990 (age 26)
Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro 2005
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $ 2,753,194
Singles
Career record 304–191 (61.41%)
Career titles 3 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 22 (22 August 2016)
Current ranking No. 23 (19 September 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2015)
French Open 4R (2016)
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
US Open 2R (2012, 2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012, 2016)
Doubles
Career record 201–118 (63.01%)
Career titles 4 WTA, 19 ITF
Highest ranking No. 30 (26 October 2015)
Current ranking No. 40 (6 June 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2012)
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2012, 2015)
US Open 3R (2015)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2017)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic Games QF (2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 10–6 (62.5%)
Last updated on: 26 March 2016.

Irina-Camelia Begu (born 26 August 1990) is a professional Romanian tennis player who is currently ranked no. 26. On 28 September 2015, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of no. 26. Her highest doubles ranking of no. 35 was reached on 30 July 2012. She is coached by Marius Comănescu. She is the no. 2 female tennis player of Romania.[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 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.[3] She is currently working with two coaches at a club in Bucharest.[4] 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, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2011: Breakthrough[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.[5]

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 Anabel Medina Garrigues 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.[6] She eventually lost the last act against Top-seeded Roberta Vinci, 4–6, 6–1, 4–6.[7]

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.[8] Begu lost eventually to the fifth-seed Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarterfinals, who was also the winner of the competition.[9]

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.[10]

2012: First WTA Title[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 in straight sets. She subsequently lost to Sílvia Soler Espinosa of Spain in Round 2.

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

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 8th seed Vania King and Verónica Cepede Royg, She then lost to Teliana Pereira in two sets. However, she won the title in the doubles after teaming up with María Irigoyen.

At Oeiras she reached the semifinals, beating in her route Kurumi Nara, Kaia Kanepi and Timea Bacsinszky before losing to eventual champion Carla Suárez Navarro.On Seoul in singles she lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers in three sets. In doubles she paired with Lara Arruabarrena defeating in the final Mona Barthel and Mandy Minella with the score 6-3, 6-3 claiming her second WTA doubles title of the year.On 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 6 and the 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 2015 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 finalis Anna Schmiedlová in three sets.

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

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

At the French Open Begu reached for the first time 3th round, 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 4th seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets.

At Washington seed 6, Begu made quarterfinals by beating Madison Brengle and Polona Hercog before losing to 1st seed of the tournament Ekaterina Makarova. Despite only 2 wins in 6 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 Korea Open (tennis), 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 Plisková, before losing to Madison Keys.

Begu started her clay season in Charleston where she was seeded 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 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 quarters, Irina 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 the 4th 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 The Championships 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[edit]

At the Australian Open, Irina defeated Yaroslava Shvedova in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, but lost, in the second round, to Kristýna Plíšková, score 6-4, 7-6 (8).

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2015 Wuhan Hard Romania Monica Niculescu Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
2−6, 3−6

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (3–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–1)
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 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
Winner 2. 27 September 2015 Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. 5 August 2016 Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianopolis, Brasil Hard Hungary Tímea Babos 2–6, 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 8 (4 titles, 5 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–1)
Premier (0–1)
International (4–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–3)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (1–2)
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
Runner-up 3. 21 February 2015 Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure
Sweden Rebecca Peterson
0–3, ret.
Runner-up 4. 3 October 2015 Wuhan Open, Wuhan, China Hard Romania Monica Niculescu Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
2−6, 3−6
Runner-up 5. 24 October 2015 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Romania Monica Niculescu Russia Daria Kasatkina
Russia Elena Vesnina
3–6, 7–6(9–7), [5–10]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q3 1R 2R 1R 4R 1R 4–5
French Open A Q3 A 2R 2R 1R Q3 3R 4R 7–5
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 3–6
US Open A Q1 A 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–4 1–4 2–3 7–4 3–4 16–22
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R Not Held 1R 0–2
Year-End Championships
WTA Tour Championships Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships Did Not Qualify 0–0
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R Not Held 0–1
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A 2R 2R A A 1R 2–3
Miami A A A A 1R 2R A 3R 4R 5–4
Madrid Not Held A A A 1R A 2R QF QF 6–4
Beijing Not Tier I A A 1R A A A 1R 0–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Doha A Not Held NP5 A A A NP5 A 0–0
Rome A A A A A A A 3R SF 6–2
Canada A A A A LQ A A 1R A 0–1
Cincinnati Not Tier I A A A A A 1R 2R 1R 1–3
Wuhan Not Held A 2R 1–1
Tokyo A A A 2R A A NP5 1–1
Year-End ranking 231 230 214 40 52 124 42 31

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A QF 3R 1R 2R 6–4
French Open A 1R 2R 3R 2R 4–4
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2–5
US Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 3–5
Win–Loss 1–2 4–4 3–4 2–4 3–3 13–17

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 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. 30 June 2014 Contrexéville, France Clay Estonia Kaia Kanepi 6–3, 6–4

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, Romania 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, Romania 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. 31 March 2014 Medellín, Colombia Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Australia Monique Adamczak
Russia Marina Shamayko
6–2, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 8. 30 June 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 certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:

Player Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–2) at 2012 US Open
Russia Maria Sharapova 0–2 0% 0–0 0–1 0–1 Loss (4–6, 3–6) at 2015 Wimbledon
United States Serena Williams 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 Loss (4–6, 1–6) at 2016 Rome
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 1–5 17% 0–2 1–2 0–1 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2016 Rome
Number 2 ranked players
Germany Angelique Kerber 2–4 33% 1–1 1–3 0–0 Loss (2–6, 3–6) at 2016 Fed Cup
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 Loss (4–7, 6–2, 1–6) at 2015 Miami
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 0–2 0% 0–0 0–2 0–0 Loss (3–6, 2–6) at 2015 Paris
Romania Simona Halep 0–4 0% 0–1 0–3 0–0 Loss (3–6, 6–0, 1–6) at 2016 Madrid
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
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 1–2 33% 0–1 1–1 0–0 Won (5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–3) at 2016 Madrid
Number 3 ranked players
Number 4 ranked players
Italy Francesca Schiavone 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Loss (3–6, 6–0, 1–6) at 2012 's-Hertogenbosch
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (6–1, 4–6, 2–6) at 2015 Sydney
Number 5 ranked players
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Loss (6–4, 6–7(10–12), 4–6) at 2015 Birmingham
Canada Eugenie Bouchard 1–2 33% 0–1 1–0 0–1 Loss (3–6, 1–6) at 2016 Eastbourne
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (4–6, 3–6) at 2015 New Haven
Italy Sara Errani 0–2 0% 0–0 0–2 0–0 Loss (4–6, 1–6) at 2012 Palermo
Number 6 ranked players
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 1–2 33% 0–1 1–1 0–0 Loss (6–7(3–7), 1–6) at 2014 Oieras
Italy Flavia Pennetta 0–2 0% 0–0 0–1 0–1 Loss (2–6, 2–6) at 2012 Acapulco
Number 7 ranked players
Switzerland Belinda Bencic 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–4, 4–3 RET) at 2016 Eastbourne
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 3–6, 6–4) at 2011 Tokyo
Italy Roberta Vinci 1–4 20% 0–3 1–1 0–0 Loss (4–6, 3–6) at 2015 Wuhan
Number 8 ranked players
Russia Ekaterina Makarova 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (4–6, 6–2, 1–6) at 2015 Washington DC
Number 9 ranked players
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 2–2 50% 0–0 2–2 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–6(8–10)) at 2014 Oieras
Germany Andrea Petkovic 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Loss (4–6, 6-3, 1-6) at 2014 Wimbledon
Number 10 ranked players
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 27.87% 6–16 10–21 1–7

Top 10 wins[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2012
1. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 8 US Open, New York City, United States Hard 1st Round 6–2, 6–2
2015
2. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 9 Australian Open, Melbourne, 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, Great Britain Grass 1st Round 6–4, 4–3 ret.

Awards[edit]

2011
  • WTA Newcomer of The Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Irina-Camelia Begu's Biography". International Tennis Federation. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
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Awards
Preceded by
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
WTA Newcomer of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Laura Robson