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IRINA-CAMELIA BEGU (born 26 August 1990) is a professional Romanian tennis player who is currently ranked world no. 38 in singles. On 22 August 2016, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of no. 22. Her highest doubles ranking of world no. 30 was reached on 26 October 2015.

CONTENTS

* 1 Biography

* 2 Professional career

* 2.1 2011: Breakthrough * 2.2 2012: First WTA Title * 2.3 2014: First WTA Premier Final and two WTA doubles titles * 2.4 2015: First major 4th round, second WTA title, Top 30 * 2.5 2016: First Premier 5 Semifinal and third WTA title * 2.6 2017: 4th WTA Titile

* 3 Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals

* 3.1 Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

* 4 WTA career finals

* 4.1 Singles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runners-up) * 4.2 Doubles: 10 (5 titles, 5 runners-up)

* 5 Singles performance timeline * 6 Doubles performance timeline

* 7 ITF Circuit finals

* 7.1 Singles: 18 (11–7) * 7.2 Doubles: 27 (19–8)

* 8 Record against other players

* 8.1 Top 10 wins

* 9 Awards * 10 References * 11 External links

BIOGRAPHY

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

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
Grigor Dimitrov
and Ricardas Berankis . She is currently working with two coaches at a club in Bucharest
Bucharest
. Her hobbies include shopping and going to the cinema with friends. She likes Melbourne
Melbourne
and Paris, but her favorite city is New York.

Irina's favorite surface is clay . She admires Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

2011: BREAKTHROUGH

Irina won both the singles and the doubles trophies at 2011 Copa Bionaire and at the 2011 BCR Open Romania
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
Tennis
Experience as a qualifier and eventually made the qualifications without losing a set. Then she defeated Alberta Brianti
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
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
Victoria Azarenka
in straight sets.

Begu neared her first ever WTA title, reaching her second final of the year in Budapest
Budapest
on 10 July. The Romanian played the semifinal more aggressively than the fifth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
who allowed the youngster to break her when it counted most. Irina had previously dominated another Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela
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
Ajla Tomljanović
of Croatia
Croatia
. She eventually lost the last act against top-seeded Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
, 4–6, 6–1, 4–6.

In July she posted the lone upset of second-round at the 2011 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo tournament in Italy, defeating second-seeded Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
6–4, 6–3, after eliminating another local in the first round, Maria Elena Camerin
Maria Elena Camerin
. Begu lost eventually to the fifth-seed Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
in the quarterfinals, who was also the winner of the competition.

In the same month, Irina-Camelia Begu
Irina-Camelia Begu
won the 2011 BCR Open Romania Ladies title from Bucharest
Bucharest
, after 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
Budapest
. It was her fifth final of the year and her second trophy. The 50 WTA points allowed Irina to enter the top 50 best women players in the world, becoming also the highest ranked Romanian player.

2012: FIRST WTA TITLE

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
Caroline Wozniacki
in straight sets. She subsequently lost to Sílvia Soler Espinosa
Sílvia Soler Espinosa
of Spain
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. At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

2014: FIRST WTA PREMIER FINAL AND TWO WTA DOUBLES TITLES

Begu started the season losing in the qualifying of Sydney
Sydney
and Brisbane
Brisbane
. At the Australian Open she passed through the qualifying draw, beating Stephanie Vogt
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
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
Timea Bacsinszky
before losing to eventual champion Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla Suárez Navarro
. At Seoul in singles she lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers
Chanelle Scheepers
in three sets. In doubles she paired with Lara Arruabarrena
Lara Arruabarrena
defeating Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel
and Mandy Minella
Mandy Minella
in the final with the score 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
Ekaterina Makarova
, Tsvetana Pironkova and 4th seed Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
before losing to seed 6 and the eventual champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
. With this result, she returned to the top 40.

2015: FIRST MAJOR 4TH ROUND, SECOND WTA TITLE, TOP 30

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
Eugenie Bouchard
in three sets. Prior to that she upset ninth seed Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in the first round.

In Rio , Begu made semifinals by beating in her route Olivia Rogowska , Bethanie Mattek-Sands
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 Ekaterina Makarova 's withdrawal, losing in two tie-breaks to Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
.

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

At the French Open Begu reached the 3rd round for the first time, beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
and Ana Konjuh
Ana Konjuh
en route before losing to Petra Kvitová
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
Daria Gavrilova
and Lesia Tsurenko before losing to 4th seed Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
in straight sets.

At Washington as seed 6, Begu made quarterfinals by beating Madison Brengle and Polona Hercog
Polona Hercog
before losing to 1st seed of the tournament Ekaterina Makarova
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 Seoul by defeating Kateryna Kozlova
Kateryna Kozlova
, Polona Hercog
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

Begu started her season in Shenzhen , beating Lara Arruabarrena
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
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
Maria Sakkari
, Sabine Lisicki
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
Caroline Garcia
, Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
and Monica Puig (saving a match point) before losing to Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
. After Charleston, Begu played for Romania
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
Madrid
where she arrived for the 2nd consecutive time in the quarterfinals of the tournament, beating Eugenie Bouchard
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
Margarita Gasparyan
before getting a surprising win over World No.5 Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
. She then beat Daria Kasatkina
Daria Kasatkina
and Misaki Doi en route to her first Premier 5 semifinal where she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams
Serena Williams
. Her next tournament was Roland Garros , where she beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
, Coco Vandeweghe
Coco Vandeweghe
and Annika Beck
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
Tsvetana Pironkova
in straight sets. She then lost to a resurgent Eugenie Bouchard
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
Tennis
Cup , where she beat Laura Pigossi , Paula Cristina Gonçalves , Nao Hibino , Monica Puig and Tímea Babos
Tímea Babos
en route to her third WTA title.

2017: 4TH WTA TITILE

At the Australian Open , Irina defeated Yaroslava Shvedova
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). On July 23, she won the 2017 BRD Bucharest
Bucharest
Open without losing a set in the entire tournament.

PREMIER MANDATORY/PREMIER 5 FINALS

DOUBLES: 1 (1 RUNNER-UP)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE

Runner-up 2015 Wuhan Hard Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu
Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
2−6, 3−6

WTA CAREER FINALS

SINGLES: 7 (4 TITLES, 3 RUNNERS-UP)

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 (1–2)

Carpet (0–0)

OUTCOME NO. DATE CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE

Runner-up 1. 10 April 2011 Andalucia Tennis
Tennis
Experience , Marbella, Spain Clay Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
3–6, 2–6

Runner-up 2. 10 July 2011 Budapest
Budapest
Grand Prix , Budapest, Hungary Clay Roberta Vinci