Sunday, September 16, 2012
Begu wins 2012 Tashkent Open title
Irina-Camelia Begu defeated Donna Vekic 64 64 to win the Tashkent Open 2012 title.
In 2011 Begu raised to No.38 in the world and won the the Newcomer Of The Year Award at the WTA Player Awards. This season she didn´t enjoy those great results she had last year but she looked sharp all week in Tashkent.
"My service is what got me through - Donna played very well and I was happy to break her in both sets," Begu said of the final. "I was a little worried when she came back from 4-2 to level the score 4-4 in the second set, but I managed to break her back immediately to take a 5-4 lead, and then I served it out.
"It feels great to win a title. I'll take back sweet memories from the Tashkent Open," the Romanian added. "I'm glad I made the last minute decision to play here, and I will surely come back to defend my title next year."
Begu received a Chapan after winning the title, a traditional Central Asian coat.
"I saw Sorana Cirstea wear this when she won the title here in 2008, but now I have one of my own!"
Vekic was a qualifier and made it all the way to her first WTA main draw final.
"I was ready for this final, but Irina played very well and deserved to win today," Vekic said. "I had my chances in the second set when I broke her to get back to 4-4, but I hurried a little bit on my serve and she broke me right back.
"I'm happy I had a good week, but a little disappointed of not being able to win the title after coming close. But I will come back. And the event has brought me a lot of experience and will surely help me in the WTA events I play now."
"New generations of players will keep coming all the time," she declared. "Younger players will keep coming onto the scene frequently in the coming years."