Begu Eyes First Title, Takes On Vinci In Final
Published July 09, 2011 12:00
BUDAPEST, Hungary - After scares in her last two matches, Roberta Vinci won somewhat comfortably in the semifinals of the POLI-FARBE Budapest Grand Prix, and is now one win away from her third WTA title of the year.
Vinci, the No.1 seed at the clay court tournament, took just an hour and 12 minutes to score a routine 64 64 win over No.3 seed Klara Zakopalova. It was a contrast from her last two matches - she was two points from losing her second round match and saved two match points in her quarterfinal match.
"It was a hard-fought victory," Vinci commented afterwards. "It was hot, just like yesterday, and it's not easy to play in such heat. Also, I'm a bit tired as I've played a lot of matches recently. But today I was able to play aggressively with my forehand, and I played a lot of drop shots and slice shots she didn't like. She played better towards the end of the first set, but several errors, too."
Earlier in the day, No.7 seed Irina-Camelia Begu booked her spot in the final with a similar 64 64 victory over No.5 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, who had also saved match point to win her quarterfinal match the day before.
"It was tough - she's a good player and fights for every ball," Begu said after the match. "In the end I was more aggressive, which was the key. I managed to hit very good forehands that brought me a lot of winners, just as my serves."
While the 28-year-old Vinci will be trying to add to her current tally of five WTA titles - including wins this year at Barcelona and 's-Hertogenbosch - the 20-year-old Begu will be going for her very first WTA title. She has been to one final, this year in Marbella (finishing runner-up to Victoria Azarenka).
Vinci and Begu will be playing against each other for the very first time.
"We haven't played before but I saw her in the semifinals and she won against Medina Garrigues, so she's a great player," Vinci said. "I believe it will be a tough match, especially since it is expected to be hot again tomorrow."