After a five-year wait, Irina-Camelia Begu is once again the champion on the Hologic WTA Tour.
Sixth seed Begu of Romania dispatched Italian hopeful Lucia Bronzetti 6-2, 6-2 at the 33rd Palermo Ladies Open on Sunday to claim her fifth career singles title. Begu’s last previous title came in her native country in 2017 in Bucharest, almost five years ago.
World No. 45 Begu entered the championship match with a .500 record in the finals (4-4), but returned to the winning side with a 1 hour, 33 minute victory over No. 78 Bronzetti, who competed. first career WTA singles final.
Words of the winner: Begu paid tribute to her team during the presentation ceremony. “I wouldn’t have this trophy without you guys, so thank you again,” she said as she lifted the cup.
Moments of the matches: Begu often triumphed in the early lengthy rallies, breaking Bronzetti three times in a row to lead 5-1. Bronzetti eventually held serve at 5-2, but a backhand winner down the line wrapped up the love hold to give Begu the first set.
In the second set, Begu eased to 3-0 and showed no visible fatigue her 3 hour and 12 minute semi-final win over Sara Sorribes Tormo, which ended at 1:40 am on Sunday.
Bronzetti got one break back to edge in the second set, but Begu regrouped and won the last three games of the final, sealing the match with her second ace of the day.
Begu dominated on Bronzetti’s second serve, winning 11 of those 14 points. Begu converted six of her 12 break points on the day to secure the crown.
Begu could continue her winning streak next week at the BNP Paribas Poland Open in Warsaw, where she is the No. 4 seed.
Double the joy: In Sunday’s doubles final, No. 3 seeds Anna Bondar and Kimberley Zimmermann defeated unseeded Amina Anshba and Panna Udvardy 6-3, 6-2 to take home the title in Palermo.
Bondar and Zimmermann have teamed up twice in the past, both at ITF Challenger events last year, where they won one title and reached another semifinal. Now that Bondar and Zimmerman have won the title in their WTA debut as a partnership, they hold a team record of 9-1 win-loss at all levels.
Bondar and Zimmermann took 1 hour and 12 minutes to establish themselves, dropping serve just once in the match while converting five of their 10 break points.
Belgium’s Zimmermann successfully defended her Palermo doubles title last year, which she won alongside Erin Routliffe, to capture her second career WTA doubles title. For Bondarová from Hungary, it is her first title on the WTA circuit in both doubles and singles.