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WTA: Begu thrills home crowd with Bucharest crown

Hometown favorite Irina-Camelia Begu captured her fourth career WTA title – and first on clay – at the BRD Bucharest Open, dispatching an in-form Julia Goerges in straight sets. BUCHAREST, Romania – Irina-Camelia Begu ended the BRD Bucharest Open with a bang, capturing her home title with 6-3, 7-5 win over Julia Goerges. The Romanian took control from the start of the match, and navigated through a tricky second set to seal the victory in one hour and 37 minutes on court. Begu has long been a dangerous player on clay, reaching the quarterfinals of last year’s Mutua Madrid Open and following that up with runs to the semis at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and the second week of Roland Garros. But the Romanian had won her first three titles on hardcourts, most recently at the 2016 Brasil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis. Later in the day, Begu and compatriot Raluca Olaru also raised the doubles trophy, defeating Elise Mertens and Demi Schuurs in the final, 6-3, 6-3. “It is amazing. I never thought that I …

WTA: Ostapenko shocks Halep for first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros

Jelena Ostapenko put on a thrilling display to halt Simona Halep’s quest for the No.1 ranking and win her maiden major title at the French Open. PARIS, France – Jelena Ostapenko capped a fairytale fortnight with not only her first WTA title but also her maiden Grand Slam crown, shocking No.3 seed Simona Halep, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win Roland Garros.   “I’m really happy to win here,” a succinctly estactic Ostapenko said after the match. “I think I still cannot believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true. “I think I’m going to only understand in maybe couple of days or couple of weeks.” Click here to relive all the action as it happened, courtesy of the WTA Insider Live Blog. Ostapenko kicked off the clay court season with her third WTA final appearance at the Volvo Car Open, and showed improved consistency to bring that form to the J&T Banka Prague Open, where she blasted into the semifinals. For Halep, it was her second French Open final in four …

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1984: Navratilova receives a $1 million bonus from the ITF for winning Roland Garros and thus holding all four Grand Slam singles crowns at the same time; she also crosses the $2 million mark in season earnings, more than men’s No.1 John McEnroe. The Australian Open joined the US Open in offering the women’s event equal prize money (temporarily did not between 1996-2000). Source: WTA

Mutua Madrid: Copil, Halep, Cirstea, Begu

What a day at MMOpen… for Romanian tennis. First, Miss Halep twists and turns, plays around and by the end manages to win against Roberta Vinci 6-3; 2-6; 7-6(2).  Up next Miss Cirstea played just under one hour against Cathrine Bellis and won 6-3; 6-2.  Miss Begu got us all nervous in her match against Johanna Larsson. She lost first set but then got back in the game and won second and third set. Final score: 4-6; 7-6(5); 6-3. Last but not least and probably the most expected match of the day, Mr. Marius Copil  facing world number one, Mr. Andy Murray. The best player in the world at the moment had some difficulty during the match and congratulated Marius at the end. The match was great, the score was also good: 6-4; 6-3. Also, have to mention that Copil’s first serve was an Ace. Loved it!!!  Well played to all! Keep up the good work! We’re so proud!  Photo credit: Andrei Mlendea Facebook profile

Mutua Madrid: Copil

Romanian superstar Marius Copil goes into the second round after winning 3 set match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(6); 4-6; 7-6(9). Marius will meet World number 1, Andy Murray next. Mucha suerte, Marius! 🙂

Mutua Madrid: Begu

First round for Irina Begu at Mutua Madrid Open against Elena Vesnina from Ukraine (WTA 14): 6-4; 6-4. Irina’s next match will be agains Francesca Schiavone or a qualifier. Congrats Irina!!! Good luck in the next rounds!

Barcelona Open: Mergea

Florin Mergea and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi celebrate their first ATP World Tour doubles title as a team. © Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Florin Mergea of Romania and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan won their first ATP World Tour doubles title as a team on Sunday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Mergea/Qureshi dismissed the German/Austrian pairing of Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya 6-4, 6-3 in a battle between unseeded pairings at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, the oldest Spanish tennis club

Fed Cup: Romania vs. Great Britain

Romania wins 3-2 to Great Britain in Fed Cup Tie World Group II Play Off. fedcup.com Simona Halep and Irina-Camelia Begu put a controversial opening day in Constanta behind them and clinched victory against Great Britain on Sunday with two straight-sets wins respectively against Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.

Dubai Championships: Tecau

Rojer/Tecau Return To Winners’ Circle With Dubai Crown Duo wins first title of the season Former ATP Finals champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau ended their title drought on Saturday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The Dutch-Romanian duo rallied past Marcin Matkowski and Rohan Bopanna 4-6, 6-3, 10-3 in one hour and 20 minutes to lift the trophy, firing six aces and saving three of four break points. Rojer and Tecau claimed their first ATP World Tour title since the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open, clinching a 13th crown in total as a team. Two years removed from their triumph at The O2 in London, the tandem are looking to hit their stride once again. They have won titles at five different ATP World Tour 500 events, also including Washington, Beijing and Valencia in 2014 and Rotterdam in 2015. Rojer and Tecau take home $157,570 in prize money and 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. For the Dutchman, it was his 22nd individual doubles title, improving to 5-3 in 500-level finals. His Romanian partner …