On Sunday, Irina-Camelia Begu defeated Lucia Bronzetti 6-2, 6-2 to claim the title of Palermo Ladies Open. The Romanian finished the job in 93 minutes.
Begu dominated the entire match, never letting Bronzetti get a foothold. While Begu did lose her serve twice (once in each set), she was able to keep the match close by breaking the Italian’s serve three times.
Irina-Camelia Begu’s trophy drought came to an end at the Palermo Ladies Open.
Although Bronzetti had a slight edge in first-serve percentage (51.6% to 67.4%), the winner took a larger share of those points (51.7%) in the match. In fact, Begu won 80% of her first-serve points in the opening set, while Bronzetti only won 50%. The Romanian won the match with 63 points, which was 21 more than Bronzetti’s 42.
Irina-Camelia Begu won the Palermo Ladies Open for the fifth time in her career. Prior to her victory in Italy, the 31-year-old had not won a tournament since 2017 at her home event, the Bucharest Open. Begu has risen from being ranked 41st to 33rd in the world after this win, thanks to the WTA. Meanwhile, her rival Lucia Bronzetti rose 13 places to a new career high of No. 65 in the world.
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