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Irina-Camelia Begu

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.

Irina-Camelia Begu
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Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest
Born (1990-08-26) 26 August 1990 (age 29)
Bucharest
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachArtemon Apostu-Efremov
Prize money$5,144,126
Singles
Career record379–277 (57.8%)
Career titles4 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 22 (22 August 2016)
Current rankingNo. 98 (11 November 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2015)
French Open4R (2016)
Wimbledon3R (2015)
US Open2R (2012, 2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2012, 2016)
Doubles
Career record266–166 (61.6%)
Career titles9 WTA, 19 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 22 (1 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 73 (4 November 2019)
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 (60.9%)
Last updated on: 4 October 2019.

BiographyEdit

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 careerEdit

2011: BreakthroughEdit

 
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 titleEdit

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 titlesEdit

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 30Edit

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 titleEdit

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 titleEdit

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 finalsEdit

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

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

WTA career finalsEdit

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   Victoria Azarenka 3–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 2011 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary International Clay   Roberta Vinci 4–6, 6–1, 4–6
Win 1–2 Sep 2012 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Donna Vekić 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–3 Oct 2014 Kremlin Cup, Russia Premier Hard (i)   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4–6, 7–5, 1–6
Win 2–3 Sep 2015 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard   Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–3, 6–1
Win 3–3 Aug 2016 Brasil Tennis Cup, Brasil International Hard   Tímea Babos 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 4–3 Jul 2017 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay   Julia Görges 6–3, 7–5

Doubles: 16 (9 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 (9–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–4)
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   Monica Niculescu   Chuang Chia-jung
  Marina Erakovic
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–5]
Loss 1–1 Apr 2012 Morocco Open, Morocco International Clay   Alexandra Cadanțu   Petra Cetkovská
  Alexandra Panova
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [9–11]
Loss 1–2 Oct 2012 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i)   Monica Niculescu   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
3–6, 4–6
Win 2–2 Jun 2013 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Dominika Cibulková
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Win 3–2 Feb 2014 Rio Open, Brazil International Clay   María Irigoyen   Johanna Larsson
  Chanelle Scheepers
6–2, 6–0
Win 4–2 Sep 2014 Korea Open, South Kora International Hard   Lara Arruabarrena   Mona Barthel
  Mandy Minella
6–3, 6–3
Loss 4–3 Feb 2015 Rio Open, Brazil International Clay   María Irigoyen   Ysaline Bonaventure
  Rebecca Peterson
0–3 ret.
Loss 4–4 Oct 2015 Wuhan Open, China Premier 5 Hard   Monica Niculescu   Martina Hingis
  Sania Mirza
2−6, 3−6
Loss 4–5 Oct 2015 Kremlin Cup, Russia Premier Hard (i)   Monica Niculescu   Daria Kasatkina
  Elena Vesnina
3–6, 7–6(9–7), [5–10]
Win 5–5 Jul 2017 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay   Raluca Olaru   Elise Mertens
  Demi Schuurs
6–3, 6–3
Win 6–5 Oct 2017 Tianjin Open, China International Hard   Sara Errani   Dalila Jakupović
  Nina Stojanović
6–4, 6–3
Win 7–5 Jan 2018 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard   Simona Halep   Kateřina Siniaková
  Barbora Krejčíková
1–6, 6–1, [10–8]
Loss 7–6 Jun 2018 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Premier Grass   Mihaela Buzărnescu   Gabriela Dabrowski
  Xu Yifan
3–6, 5–7
Win 8–6 Jul 2018 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay   Andreea Mitu   Danka Kovinić
  Maryna Zanevska
6–3, 6–4
Loss 8–7 Sep 2018 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Raluca Olaru   Olga Danilović
  Tamara Zidanšek
5–7, 3–6
Win 9–7 Feb 2019 Hua Hin Championships, Thailand International Hard   Monica Niculescu   Anna Blinkova
  Wang Yafan
2–6, 6–1, [12–10]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 19 (11 titles, 8 runner–ups)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2006 ITF Bucharest 6, Romania 10,000 Clay   Alexandra Cadanţu 3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Win 1–1 Sep 2007 ITF Braşov, Romania 10,000 Clay   Cristina Mitu 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Loss 1–2 Mar 2008 ITF Ain Sukhna, Egypt 10,000 Carpet   Katarzyna Piter 6–7(7–9), 4–6
Win 2–2 Sep 2008 ITF Braşov, Romania 10,000 Clay   Diana Enache 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Win 3–2 Sep 2008 ITF Budapest, Hungary 10,000 Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei 7–5, 6–1
Win 4–2 Oct 2008 ITF Jounieh, Lebanon 50,000 Clay   Anastasia Yakimova 6–2, 6–0
Win 5–2 Oct 2008 ITF Glasgow, Scotland 25,000 Hard   Patricia Mayr 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 5–3 Apr 2010 ITF Incheon, South Korea 25,000 Hard   Lee Jin-a 4–6, 2–6
Loss 5–4 Aug 2010 ITF Versmold, Germany 25,000 Clay   Magda Linette 2–6, 5–7
Win 6–4 Sep 2010 ITF Podgorica, Montenegro 25,000 Clay   Annalisa Bona 6–1, 6–1
Win 7–4 Feb 2011 ITF Cali, Colombia 100,000 Clay   Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 7–5 Jun 2011 ITF Marseille, France 100,000 Clay   Pauline Parmentier 3–6, 2–6
Win 8–5 Jul 2011 ITF Bucharest, Romania 100,000 Clay   Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–5
Win 9–5 Mar 2014 ITF Campinas, Brazil 25,000 Clay   Alexandra Panova 6–2, 6–4
Win 10–5 Mar 2014 ITF Sao Paulo, Brazil 25,000 Clay   Alexandra Panova 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
Loss 10–6 Apr 2014 ITF Medellin, Colombia 50,000 Clay   Verónica Cepede Royg 4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Win 11–6 Jul 2014 ITF Contrexéville, France 100,000 Clay   Kaia Kanepi 6–3, 6–4
Loss 11–7 Jun 2017 ITF Southsea, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass   Tatjana Maria 2–6, 2–6
Loss 11–8 Oct 2019 ITF Székesfehérvár, Hungary 100,000 Clay (i)   Danka Kovinic 4–6, 6–3, 3–6

Doubles: 27 (19 titles, 8 runner–ups)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2006 ITF Galaţi, Romania 10,000 Clay   Carmen-Raluca Ţibuleac   Bianca Bonifate
  Diana Gae
6–2, 7–5
Win 2–0 May 2007 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay   Simona Halep   Laura-Ioana Andrei
  Ioana Gaspar
6–4, 6–2
Loss 2–1 Aug 2007 ITF Hunedoara, Romania 10,000 Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Diana Enache
  Antonia Xenia Tout
6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–2 Sep 2007 ITF Braşov, Romania 10,000 Clay   Diana Gae   Raluca Ciulei
  Camelia Hristea
5–7, 4–6
Loss 2–3 Jun 2008 ITF Craiova, Romania 10,000 Clay   Alexandra Damaschin   Laura-Ioana Andrei
  Diana Enache
3–6, 1–6
Win 3–3 Jul 2008 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay   Ioana Gaspar   Mihaela Bunea
  Gabriela Niculescu
4–6, 6–3, [10–3]
Win 4–3 Jul 2008 ITF Hunedoara, Romania 10,000 Clay   Elora Dabija   Katarína Poljaková
  Zuzana Zlochová
7–5, 6–2
Win 5–3 Aug 2008 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Lyudmyla Kichenok
  Nadiya Kichenok
6–2, 3–6, [10–6]
Win 6–3 Sep 2008 ITF Braşov, Romania 10,000 Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Bianca Hîncu
  Cristina Stancu
6–2, 6–2
Win 7–3 Sep 2008 ITF Budapest, Hungary 10,000 Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Davinia Lobbinger
  Efrat Mishor
6–2, 6–4
Loss 7–4 Oct 2008 ITF Glasgow, Scotland 25,000 Hard   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Stefania Boffa
  Amanda Elliott
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 8–4 May 2009 ITF Bucharest, Romania 100,000 Clay   Simona Halep   Julia Görges
  Sandra Klemenschits
2–6, 6–1, [12–10]
Win 9–4 Apr 2010 ITF Incheon, South Korea 25,000 Hard   Erika Sema   Misaki Doi
  Junri Namigata
6–0, 7–6(10–8)
Loss 9–5 Jul 2010 ITF Darmstadt, Germany 25,000 Clay   Erika Sema   Vitalia Diatchenko
  Laura Siegemund
6–4, 1–6, [4–10]
Win 10–5 Jul 2010 ITF Bucharest, Romania 75,000 Clay   Elena Bogdan   María Irigoyen
  Florencia Molinero
6–1, 6–1
Win 11–5 Aug 2010 ITF Hechingen, Germany 25,000 Clay   Anaïs Laurendon   Julia Schruff
  Erika Sema
6–2, 4–6, [10–8]
Win 12–5 Sep 2010 ITF Podgorica, Montenegro 25,000 Clay   Mihaela Buzărnescu   Valeria Solovieva
  Maryna Zanevska
5–7, 7–5, [12–10]
Win 13–5 Sep 2010 ITF Bucharest, Romania 25,000 Clay   Elena Bogdan   Leticia Costas-Moreira
  Eva Fernández-Brugués
6–1, 6–3
Loss 13–6 Oct 2010 ITF Madrid, Spain 50,000 Clay   Elena Bogdan   Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
  María-Teresa Torró-Flor
4–6, 5–7
Loss 13–7 Nov 2010 ITF Toyota, Japan 75,000 Carpet (i)   Mădălina Gojnea   Shuko Aoyama
  Rika Fujiwara
6–1, 3–6, [9–11]
Win 14–7 Feb 2011 ITF Cali, Colombia 100,000 Clay   Elena Bogdan   Ekaterina Ivanova
  Kathrin Wörle
2–6, 7–6(8–6), [11–9]
Win 15–7 Jun 2011 ITF Marseille, France 100,000 Clay   Nina Bratchikova   Laura-Ioana Andrei
  Mădălina Gojnea
6–2, 6–2
Win 16–7 Jul 2011 ITF Bucharest, Romania 100,000 Clay   Elena Bogdan   Maria Elena Camerin
  İpek Şenoğlu
6–7(1–7), 7–6(7–4), [16–14]
Win 17–7 Jul 2012 ITF Bucharest, Romania 100,000 Clay   Alizé Cornet   Elena Bogdan
  Raluca Olaru
6–2, 6–0
Win 18–7 Mar 2014 ITF São Paulo, Brazil 25,000 Clay   Alexandra Panova   María Irigoyen
  María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
6–4, 3–6 [11–9]
Win 19–7 Apr 2014 ITF Medellín, Colombia 50,000 Clay   María Irigoyen   Monique Adamczak
  Marina Shamayko
6–2, 7–6(7–2)
Loss 19–8 Jul 2014 ITF Contrexéville, France 100,000 Clay   María Irigoyen   Alexandra Panova
  Laura Thorpe
3–6, 0–4 ret.

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q3 1R 2R 1R 4R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 8 7–8
French Open A Q3 A 2R 2R 1R Q3 3R 4R 1R 3R 3R 0 / 8 11–8
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R Q2 0 / 8 4–8
US Open A Q1 A 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R Q2 0 / 8 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 3–2 0 / 32 25–32
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R Not Held 1R NH 0 / 2 0–2
Year-end championships
WTA Finals Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Elite Trophy Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A A 2R 2R A A 1R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 6 5–6
Miami Open A A A A 1R 2R A 3R 4R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 7 5–7
Madrid Open NH A A A 1R A 2R QF QF 3R 2R 1R 0 / 7 9–7
China Open NTI A A 1R A A A 1R 1R A A A 0 / 3 0–2
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open A Not Held NP5 A A A NP5 A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Italian Open A A A A A A A 3R SF 1R 2R 1R 0 / 5 7–5
Canadian Open A A A A LQ A A 1R A 1R 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Cincinnati Open NTI A A A A A 1R 2R 1R LQ 1R A 0 / 4 1–4
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open A A A 2R A A A 2R 2R A A A 0 / 3 3–3
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 231 230 214 40 52 124 42 31 29 43 66 $5,154,956

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A QF 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R SF 2R 11–8
French Open A 1R 2R 3R 2R A QF 2R 1R 8–7
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A QF 3R 7–8
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 3–3 30–31


Record against other playersEdit

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
  Caroline Wozniacki 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–2) at 2012 US Open
  Angelique Kerber 2–4 33% 1–1 1–3 0–0 Loss (2–6, 3–6) at 2016 Fed Cup
  Karolína Plíšková 1–2 33% 1–2 0–0 0–0 Loss (6–7(4–7), 1–6) at 2018 Indian Wells
  Garbiñe Muguruza 1–3 25% 0–2 1–1 0–0 Loss (6–2, 2–6, 3–6) at 2017 Beijing
  Victoria Azarenka 1–5 17% 0–2 1–2 0–1 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2016 Rome
  Serena Williams 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 Loss (4–6, 1–6) at 2016 Rome
  Maria Sharapova 0–3 0% 0–1 0–1 0–1 Loss (4–6, 2–6) at 2017 Tianjin
  Simona Halep 0–6 0% 0–3 0–3 0–0 Loss (1–6, 4–6) at 2018 Shenzhen
No. 2 ranked players
  Svetlana Kuznetsova 2–1 67% 0–0 2–1 0–0 Won (1–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–2 RET) at 2012 Fes
  Agnieszka Radwańska 1–2 33% 1–2 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–3) at 2018 Seoul
  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
  Kimiko Date-Krumm 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (6–1, 4–6, 2–6) at 2015 Sydney
  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
  Jeļena Ostapenko 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–3) at 2018 Madrid
  Lucie Šafářová 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Loss (4–6, 3–6) at 2015 New Haven
  Eugenie Bouchard 1–2 33% 0–1 1–0 0–1 Loss (3–6, 1–6) at 2016 Eastbourne
  Daniela Hantuchová 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Loss (6–4, 6–7(10–12), 4–6) at 2015 Birmingham
  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 2–1 67% 2–1 0–0 0–0 Won (4–6, 6–3, 8–6) at 2018 Melbourne
No. 9 ranked players
  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
  Timea Bacsinszky 3–2 60% 0–0 3–2 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–1) at 2018 Fed Cup
  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
  Julia Görges 2–1 67% 1–1 1–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–5) at 2017 Bucharest
  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 winsEdit

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.   Caroline Wozniacki No. 8 US Open, United States Hard 1st round 6–2, 6–2
2015
2.   Angelique Kerber No. 9 Australian Open, Australia Hard 1st round 6–4, 0–6, 6–1
2016
3.   Garbiñe Muguruza No. 4 Madrid Open, Spain Clay 2nd round 5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
4.   Victoria Azarenka No. 6 Italian Open, Italy Clay 2nd round 6–3, 6–2
5.   Belinda Bencic No. 8 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom Grass 1st round 6–4, 4–3 ret.
2018
6.   Jeļena Ostapenko No. 5 Madrid Open, Spain Clay 1st round 6–3, 6–3

AwardsEdit

2011
  • WTA Newcomer of the Year

ReferencesEdit

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