More on Begu...
Coached by Gabriel Moraru
Mother's name is Steluta (civil servant); father's name is Paul (electrician); brother is Andrei
Started playing tennis at age 3 with aunt, who was a coach
Did gymnastics and played handball when younger
Idol growing up was Martina Hingis
Best early tennis memory was winning European 16 & Under title in 2006
Favorite city is New York; favorite tournament was Marbella
Winner (4): 2017 - Bucharest; 2016 - Florianopolis; 2015 - Seoul; 2012 - Tashkent.
Finalist (4): 2021 - Cleveland; 2014 - Moscow; 2011 - Marbella, Budapest.
Winner (9): 2019 - Hua Hin (w/Niculescu); 2018 - Shenzhen (w/Halep), Bucharest (w/Mitu); 2017 - Bucharest (w/Olaru), Tianjin (w/Errani); 2014 - Rio de Janeiro (w/Irigoyen), Seoul (w/Arruabarrena); 2013 - 's-Hertogenbosch (w/Medina Garrigues); 2012 - Hobart (w/Niculescu).
Finalist (7): 2018 - Eastbourne (w/Buzarnescu), Tashkent (w/Olaru); 2015 - Rio de Janeiro (w/Irigoyen), Wuhan, Moscow (both w/Niculescu); 2012 - Fès (w/Cadantu), Luxembourg (w/Niculescu).
WTA 125 SERIES TITLES
2020 - 125/Indian Wells.
Romanian Fed Cup Team, 2010, 2012, 2014-19; Romanian Olympic Team, 2012, 2016.
Career in Review
2021 - Eighth consecutive Top 100 season (No.60); reached her eighth WTA singles final in 2021, finishing as R-Up at Cleveland (l. Kontaveit) in first singles final for over four years, having not contested a title match since 2017 Bucharest; other key results from last year were quarterfinal runs at Gippsland Trophy (l. Osaka), Phillip Island Trophy (l. Andreescu) and Tenerife (l. Li); defeated No.14 Konta at Gippsland Trophy for first Top 20 win in three years, after overcoming No.5 Ostapenko at 2018 Madrid (win over Konta snapped a streak of 11-straight losses vs. Top 20 opponents)
2020 - Seventh consecutive Top 100 season (No.76); shortly after Tour's resumption in August 2020, made first WTA SF in over two years at Prague (l. eventual champion Halep); win over No.43 Sevastova in 1r was first over a Top 50 player since 2018 Roland Garros; also reached 2r at Roland Garros in September (l. Halep).
2019 - Sixth consecutive Top 100 season (finishing No.99); QF at Hobart (l. to Schmiedlova), Budapest (l. to Vondrousova) and Bucharest (l. to Siegemund); reached 3r once (Roland Garros) and 2r three times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r nine times and in qualfying twice (Wimbledon and US Open); won one WTA doubles title.
2018 - Seventh Top 100 season (finishing No.66); SF at Shenzhen (l. to Halep) and Istanbul (l. to Parmentier); QF at Seoul (l. to Sakkari); reached 3r twice (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r seven times (incl. US Open); fell 1r 13 times incl. other two majors); won two WTA doubles titles.
2017 - Notched fourth consecutive Top 50 year-end finish in 2017 (2014-17), finishing at No.43 in the WTA Rankings; Romania's No.3, behind Halep and Cirstea, of five women in year-end Top 100; captured fourth singles title of career, and first clay-court title at 2017 Bucharest (d. Goerges in final); SF twice at Istanbul (l. to Mertens) and Moscow (l. to Kasatkina); QF at Charleston (l. to Kasatkina); reached 3r twice and 2r four times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); fell 1r 13 times (incl. Roland Garros and US Open).
2016 - First Top 30 season (finishing No.29); won one WTA title at Florianopolis (d. Sasnovich in final); SF once at Rome (l. to S.Williams); QF twice at Charleston (l. to Kerber) and Madrid (l. to Halep); reached 4r twice (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r five times; fell 1r 10 times (incl. other three majors and Olympics).
2015 - Best season to date (finishing No.31); won one WTA title at Seoul (d. Sasnovich in final); SF at Rio de Janeiro (l. to Schmiedlova); QF three times at Charleston (l. to Kerber), Madrid (l. to Kvitova) and Washington DC (l. to Makarova); reached 4r once (Australian Open), 3r four times (incl. Roland Garros and Wimbledon) and 2r four times; fell 1r seven times (incl. US Open and Birmingham - l. to Hantuchova 46 76(10) 64; held 1mp at 8-7 in second set tie-break) and in qualifying once; set career-high No.25 on October 12 (after Beijing); withdrew from Acapulco, Monterrey and Indian Wells w/right rib injury.
2014 - Another Top 50 season (finishing No.42); runner-up at Moscow (l. to Pavlyuchenkova); SF at Oeiras (l. to Suárez Navarro); QF at Rio de Janeiro (l. to Pereira); reached 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon and US Open); fell 1r seven times (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying five times (incl. Roland Garros); won two WTA doubles titles; won three singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2013 - Injury-marred season (finishing No.124); QF at Seoul; reached 2r eight times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r eight times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying three times; won one WTA doubles title; struggled w/right shoulder injury throughout season (withdrew from Marrakech, Oeiras, Brussels and Nürnberg).
2012 - Near-Top 50 season (finishing No.52); won one WTA title at Tashkent (d. Vekic in final); SF three times at Acapulco (l. to Pennetta), Palermo (l. to Errani) and Linz (l. to Azarenka); QF at Fès; reached 2r six times (incl. Roland Garros, US Open and 's-Hertogenbosch - l. to Schiavone 62 26 76(8); held 8mp in tie-break - 6mp at 6-0 and 2mp at 7-6 and 8-7); fell 1r nine times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon and Olympics) and in qualifying twice; won one WTA doubles title; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2011 - First Top 50 season (finishing No.40); runner-up twice at Marbella (l. to Azarenka in final) and Budapest (l. to Vinci in final); SF at Dallas (l. to Lisicki); QF at Palermo; reached 2r three times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r four times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open) and in qualifying twice (incl. Australian Open); made Top 100 debut on April 11 (rose from No.138 to No.97) and Top 50 debut on July 25 (rose from No.56 to No.46).
2010 - Fell 1r once and in qualifying twice (incl. Wimbledon); won one singles title and five doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2009 - Played first WTA main draw at Budapest, falling 1r (as LL, l. to Peer); fell in qualifying six times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open).
2008 - Won four singles titles and five doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2007 - Won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2006 - Won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2005 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Romania.