WTA Bucharest: Irina-Camelia Begu conquers 4th title in front of home crowd


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WTA Bucharest: Irina-Camelia Begu conquers 4th title in front of home crowd

26-year-old Irina-Camelia Begu went all the way in front of the home crowd in Bucharest, beating the 3rd seed Julia Goerges 6-3 7-5 in an hour and 37 minutes for her 4th WTA title, the first in 2017. This was the 3rd meeting between these two, the first since Sydney 2014, and it was Begu who served better (75% of the first serve in), keeping her second serve safe to wrap up straight sets triumph, fending off 3 out of 4 break points. On the other side of the net, Goerges (second final lost for her in a month) had troubles to settle with her forehand, making some huge errors, and she was also obstructed by Romanian partisan crowd.

German was in trouble every time she would miss the first serve, winning just 36% of the points on the second, and she suffered 4 breaks from 6 chances Begu created. Home player saved 2 break points in the second game, which was very important for her, and she moved ahead in the following game, breaking her rival with a forehand winner.

In the next 5 service games, both players served well and Julia had to serve to stay in the set in game 9, trailing 5-3. She wasted a game point and lose her serve in the end, as Begu clinched the opener with a double break, moving closer to her first title on the home soil.

The first part of the second set saw good tennis on each side, with 6 easy holds, and this time it was Goerges who gained the lead, breaking in game 7 when Begu landed the backhand wide. Irina-Camelia didn't have to stay behind for a too long, breaking back immediately in game 8 after another forehand error from her rival, and the momentum was now back on her side.

Serving to stay in the match, Goerges folded under pressure in game 12, ending the match with a double fault to hand the win to her rival. Final result:

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