Begu at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships
26 August 1990 |
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||350-238 (59.52%)|
|Career titles||4 WTA, 11 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 22 (22 August 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 38 (2 April 2018)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2015)|
|French Open||4R (2016)|
|US Open||2R (2012, 2014)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2012, 2016)|
|Career record||233-141 (62.3%)|
|Career titles||7 WTA, 19 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 25 (29 January 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 26 (2 April 2018)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2018)|
|French Open||QF (2017)|
|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)|
|Fed Cup||11-9 (55%)|
|Last updated on: 2 April 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. 25 was achieved on 29 January 2018.
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. She is currently working with two coaches at a club in Bucharest.
Begu recently became a brand ambassador for TENA Lady sanitary products.
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.
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 Tomljanovi? of Croatia. She eventually lost the last act against top-seeded Roberta Vinci, 4-6, 6-1, 4-6.
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. Begu lost eventually to the fifth-seed Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarterfinals, who was also the winner of the competition.
In the same month, Irina-Camelia 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 Irina to enter the top 50 best women players in the world, becoming also the highest ranked Romanian player.
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 two.
In September of that year, she won her first WTA title in Tashkent, beating Donna Vekic in straight sets in the final.
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 Jak?i? 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. 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 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 Veki?, 2nd seed Ekaterina Makarova, Tsvetana Pironkova and 4th seed Lucie ?afá?ová before losing to seed 6 and the eventual champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. With this result, she returned to the top 40.
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.
As No. 13 at Charleston, she made quarterfinals after Ekaterina 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 Plí?ková, 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 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 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 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.
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 Plí?ková, score 4-6, 6-7(8). On July 23, she won the Bucharest Open without losing a set in the entire tournament.
|Runner-up||2015||Wuhan, China||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Martina Hingis
|Runner-up||1.||10 April 2011||Andalucia Tennis Experience, Marbella||Clay||Victoria Azarenka||3-6, 2-6|
|Runner-up||2.||10 July 2011||Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary||Clay||Roberta Vinci||4-6, 6-1, 4-6|
|Winner||1.||15 September 2012||Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan||Hard||Donna Veki?||6-4, 6-4|
|Runner-up||3.||19 October 2014||Kremlin Cup, Moscow||Hard (i)||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||4-6, 7-5, 1-6|
|Winner||2.||27 September 2015||Korea Open, Seoul||Hard||Aliaksandra Sasnovich||6-3, 6-1|
|Winner||3.||5 August 2016||Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianopolis||Hard||Tímea Babos||2-6, 6-4, 6-3|
|Winner||4.||23 July 2017||Bucharest Open, Romania||Clay||Julia Görges||6-3, 7-5|
|Winner||1.||14 January 2012||Hobart International, Australia||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Chuang Chia-jung
|6-7(4-7), 7-6(7-4), [10-5]|
|Runner-up||1.||28 April 2012||Morocco Open, Morocco||Clay||Alexandra Cadan?u|| Petra Cetkovská
|6-3, 6-7(5-7), [9-11]|
|Runner-up||2.||21 October 2012||Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg||Hard (i)||Monica Niculescu|| Andrea Hlavá?ková
|Winner||2.||21 June 2013||Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, Netherlands||Grass||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Dominika Cibulková
Arantxa Parra Santonja
|4-6, 7-6(7-3), [11-9]|
|Winner||3.||22 February 2014||Rio Open, Brazil||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Johanna Larsson
|Winner||4.||21 September 2014||Korea Open, Seoul||Hard||Lara Arruabarrena|| Mona Barthel
|Runner-up||3.||21 February 2015||Rio Open, Brazil||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Ysaline Bonaventure
|Runner-up||4.||3 October 2015||Wuhan Open, China||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Martina Hingis
|Runner-up||5.||24 October 2015||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Hard (i)||Monica Niculescu|| Daria Kasatkina
|3-6, 7-6(9-7), [5-10]|
|Winner||5.||23 July 2017||Bucharest Open, Romania||Clay||Raluca Olaru|| Elise Mertens
|Winner||6.||15 October 2017||Tianjin Open, China||Hard||Sara Errani|| Dalila Jakupovi?
|Winner||7.||6 January 2018||Shenzhen Open, China||Hard||Simona Halep|| Kate?ina Siniaková
|1-6, 6-1, [10-8]|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||1R||Not Held||1R||NH||0-2|
|WTA Tour Championships||Did Not Qualify||0-0|
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Dubai / Doha||A||Not Held||NP5||A||A||A||NP5||A||1R||0-1|
|Tokyo / Wuhan||A||2R||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||3-3|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Runner-up||1.||10 September 2006||Bucharest 6, Romania||Clay||Alexandra Cadan?u||3-6, 6-2, 3-6|
|Winner||1.||9 September 2007||Bra?ov, Romania||Clay||Cristina Mitu||7-6(7-2), 6-2|
|Runner-up||2.||23 March 2008||Ain Sukhna, Egypt||Carpet||Katarzyna Piter||6-7(7-9), 4-6|
|Winner||2.||7 September 2008||Bra?ov||Clay||Diana Enache||4-6, 6-4, 6-1|
|Winner||3.||14 September 2008||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei||7-5, 6-1|
|Winner||4.||11 October 2008||Jounieh, Lebanon||Clay||Anastasia Yakimova||6-2, 6-0|
|Winner||5.||26 October 2008||Glasgow, Scotland||Hard||Patricia Mayr||2-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-1)|
|Runner-up||3.||11 April 2010||Incheon, South Korea||Hard||Lee Jin-a||4-6, 2-6|
|Runner-up||4.||15 August 2010||Versmold, Germany||Clay||Magda Linette||2-6, 5-7|
|Winner||6.||19 September 2010||Podgorica, Montenegro||Clay||Annalisa Bona||6-1, 6-1|
|Winner||7.||13 February 2011||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Laura Pous Tió||6-3, 7-6(7-1)|
|Runner-up||5.||12 June 2011||Marseille, France||Clay||Pauline Parmentier||3-6, 2-6|
|Winner||8.||23 July 2011||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Laura Pous Tió||6-3, 7-5|
|Winner||9.||9 March 2014||Campinas, Brazil||Clay||Alexandra Panova||6-2, 6-4|
|Winner||10.||16 March 2014||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Clay||Alexandra Panova||7-5, 4-6, 6-4|
|Runner-up||6.||6 April 2014||Medellin, Colombia||Clay||Verónica Cepede Royg||4-6, 6-4, 4-6|
|Winner||11.||6 July 2014||Contrexéville, France||Clay||Kaia Kanepi||6-3, 6-4|
|Runner-up||7.||30 June 2017||Southsea, United Kingdom||Grass||Tatjana Maria||2-6, 2-6|
|Winner||1.||30 June 2006||Gala?i, Romania||Clay||Carmen-Raluca ?ibuleac|| Bianca Bonifate
|Winner||2.||11 May 2007||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Simona Halep|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Runner-up||1.||31 August 2007||Hunedoara, Romania||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Diana Enache
Antonia Xenia Tout
|6-3, 4-6, 4-6|
|Runner-up||2.||9 September 2007||Bra?ov, Romania||Clay||Diana Gae|| Raluca Ciulei
|Runner-up||3.||15 June 2008||Craiova, Romania||Clay||Alexandra Damaschin|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Winner||3.||11 July 2008||Bucharest||Clay||Ioana Gaspar|| Mihaela Bunea
|4-6, 6-3, [10-3]|
|Winner||4.||25 July 2008||Hunedoara||Clay||Elora Dabija|| Katarína Poljaková
|Winner||5.||29 August 2008||Bucharest||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Lyudmyla Kichenok
|6-2, 3-6, [10-6]|
|Winner||6.||5 September 2008||Bra?ov, Romania||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Bianca Hîncu
|Winner||7.||14 September 2008||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Davinia Lobbinger
|Runner-up||4.||26 October 2008||Glasgow, Scotland||Hard||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Stefania Boffa
|Winner||8.||9 May 2009||Bucharest||Clay||Simona Halep|| Julia Görges
|2-6, 6-1, [12-10]|
|Winner||9.||10 April 2010||Incheon, South Korea||Hard||Erika Sema|| Misaki Doi
|Runner-up||5.||18 July 2010||Darmstadt, Germany||Clay||Erika Sema|| Vitalia Diatchenko
|6-4, 1-6, [4-10]|
|Winner||10.||30 July 2010||Bucharest||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| María Irigoyen
|Winner||11.||8 August 2010||Hechingen, Germany||Clay||Anaïs Laurendon|| Julia Schruff
|6-2, 4-6, [10-8]|
|Winner||12.||18 September 2010||Podgorica, Montenegro||Clay||Mihaela Buz?rnescu|| Valeria Solovieva
|5-7, 7-5, [12-10]|
|Winner||13.||25 September 2010||Bucharest||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Leticia Costas-Moreira
|Runner-up||6.||8 October 2010||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
|Runner-up||7.||27 November 2010||Toyota, Japan||Carpet (i)||M?d?lina Gojnea|| Shuko Aoyama
|6-1, 3-6, [9-11]|
|Winner||14.||12 February 2011||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Ekaterina Ivanova
|2-6, 7-6(8-6), [11-9]|
|Winner||15.||11 June 2011||Marseille, France||Clay||Nina Bratchikova|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Winner||16.||22 July 2011||Bucharest||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Maria Elena Camerin
|6-7(1-7), 7-6(7-4), [16-14]|
|Winner||17.||21 July 2012||Bucharest||Clay||Alizé Cornet|| Elena Bogdan
|Winner||18.||15 March 2014||São Paulo, Brazil||Clay||Alexandra Panova|| María Irigoyen
María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
|6-4 3-6 [11-9]|
|Winner||19.||5 April 2014||Medellín, Colombia||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Monique Adamczak
|Runner-up||8.||6 July 2014||Contrexéville, France||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Alexandra Panova
|3-6, 0-4 ret.|
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|
|No. 1 ranked players|
|Caroline Wozniacki||1-0||100%||1-0||0-0||0-0||Won (6-2, 6-2) at 2012 US Open|
|Maria Sharapova||0-2||0%||0-0||0-1||0-1||Loss (4-6, 3-6) at 2015 Wimbledon|
|Serena Williams||0-1||0%||0-0||0-1||0-0||Loss (4-6, 1-6) at 2016 Rome|
|Karolína Plí?ková||1-0||100%||1-0||0-0||0-0||Won (6-4, 3-6, 6-4) at 2011 Tokyo|
|Victoria Azarenka||1-5||17%||0-2||1-2||0-1||Won (6-3, 6-2) at 2016 Rome|
|Angelique Kerber||2-4||33%||1-1||1-3||0-0||Loss (2-6, 3-6) at 2016 Fed Cup|
|No. 2 ranked players|
|Agnieszka Radwa?ska||0-2||0%||0-2||0-0||0-0||Loss (4-7, 6-2, 1-6) at 2015 Miami|
|Petra Kvitová||0-2||0%||0-0||0-2||0-0||Loss (3-6, 2-6) at 2015 Paris|
|Simona Halep||0-4||0%||0-1||0-3||0-0||Loss (3-6, 6-0, 1-6) at 2016 Madrid|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova||2-1||67%||0-0||2-1||0-0||Won (1-6, 7-6(7-4), 3-2 RET) at 2012 Fes|
|Garbiñe Muguruza||1-2||33%||0-1||1-1||0-0||Won (5-7, 7-6(7-4), 6-3) at 2016 Madrid|
|No. 3 ranked players|
|No. 4 ranked players|
|Francesca Schiavone||0-1||0%||0-0||0-0||0-1||Loss (3-6, 6-0, 1-6) at 2012 's-Hertogenbosch|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm||1-1||50%||1-1||0-0||0-0||Loss (6-1, 4-6, 2-6) at 2015 Sydney|
|No. 5 ranked players|
|Daniela Hantuchová||0-1||0%||0-0||0-0||0-1||Loss (6-4, 6-7(10-12), 4-6) at 2015 Birmingham|
|Eugenie Bouchard||1-2||33%||0-1||1-0||0-1||Loss (3-6, 1-6) at 2016 Eastbourne|
|Lucie ?afá?ová||1-1||50%||1-1||0-0||0-0||Loss (4-6, 3-6) at 2015 New Haven|
|Sara Errani||0-2||0%||0-0||0-2||0-0||Loss (4-6, 1-6) at 2012 Palermo|
|No. 6 ranked players|
|Carla Suárez Navarro||2-2||50%||0-1||2-1||0-0||Won (7-5, 7-5) at 2017 Bucharest|
|Flavia Pennetta||0-2||0%||0-0||0-1||0-1||Loss (2-6, 2-6) at 2012 Acapulco|
|No. 7 ranked players|
|Belinda Bencic||1-0||100%||0-0||0-0||1-0||Won (6-4, 4-3 RET) at 2016 Eastbourne|
|Roberta Vinci||1-4||20%||0-3||1-1||0-0||Loss (4-6, 3-6) at 2015 Wuhan|
|No. 8 ranked players|
|Ekaterina Makarova||1-1||50%||1-1||0-0||0-0||Loss (4-6, 6-2, 1-6) at 2015 Washington DC|
|No. 9 ranked players|
|Timea Bacsinszky||2-2||50%||0-0||2-2||0-0||Won (6-3, 7-6(8-10)) at 2014 Oeiras|
|Andrea Petkovic||0-1||0%||0-0||0-0||0-1||Loss (4-6, 6-3, 1-6) at 2014 Wimbledon|
|No. 10 ranked players|
|Maria Kirilenko||0-1||0%||0-1||0-0||0-0||Loss (6-7(4-7),4-6) at 2012 Indian Wells|
|1.||Caroline Wozniacki||No. 8||US Open||Hard||1st round||6-2, 6-2|
|2.||Angelique Kerber||No. 9||Australian Open||Hard||1st round||6-4, 0-6, 6-1|
|3.||Garbiñe Muguruza||No. 4||Madrid||Clay||2nd round||5-7, 7-6(7-4), 6-3|
|4.||No. 6||Rome||Clay||2nd round||6-3, 6-2|
|5.||No. 8||Birmingham||Grass||1st round||6-4, 4-3 ret.|