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.
* 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
Begu was born in
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
Irina won both the singles and the doubles trophies at 2011 Copa
Bionaire and at the 2011 BCR Open
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
Begu neared her first ever WTA title, reaching her second final of
the year in
In July she posted the lone upset of second-round at the 2011
Internazionali Femminili di Palermo tournament in Italy, defeating
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 same month,
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
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
At Oeiras she reached the semifinals, beating in her route Kurumi
Kaia Kanepi and
Timea Bacsinszky before losing to eventual
Carla Suárez Navarro . At Seoul in singles she lost in the
first round to
Chanelle Scheepers in three sets. In doubles she paired
Lara Arruabarrena defeating
Mona Barthel and
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 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
As No. 13 at Charleston , she made quarterfinals after Ekaterina Makarova 's withdrawal, losing in two tie-breaks to Angelique Kerber .
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
At Washington as 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 Seoul by defeating
Kateryna Kozlova ,
Polona Hercog , Johanna Larsson , Alison Van
Uytvanck , and in the final WTA rising star
2016: FIRST PREMIER 5 SEMIFINAL AND THIRD WTA TITLE
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
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.
Begu's next tournament was
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
Eastbourne International . Her grass court campaign ended with
a first round loss at The Championships to
2017: 4TH WTA TITILE
Australian Open , Irina defeated
PREMIER MANDATORY/PREMIER 5 FINALS
DOUBLES: 1 (1 RUNNER-UP)
OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE
WTA CAREER FINALS
SINGLES: 7 (4 TITLES, 3 RUNNERS-UP)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
TITLES BY SURFACE
OUTCOME NO. DATE CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE
27 September 2015
Korea Open , Seoul, South Korea
DOUBLES: 10 (5 TITLES, 5 RUNNERS-UP)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory ">
* ^ A B C Begu, Irina (9 April 2011). "Biography". wtatennis.com.
Retrieved 24 July 2011.
* ^ "Begu Slides In As Clay Court Surprise". Women's Tennis
Association. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
* ^ "Arabela din Marbella" (in Romanian). prosport.ro. Retrieved 9
* ^ "Azarenka dominates Begu, wins in Marbella". tennis.com.
Retrieved 10 April 2011.
* ^ "Budapest: Begu Sets Vinci Final". metrolic.com. Retrieved 9
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