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Begu Beats No. 3 Seed Alexandrova In Cleveland First Round

Begu Beats No. 3 Seed Alexandrova In Cleveland First Round

IrinaCamelia Begu of Romania beat thirdseeded Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 76 (3), 63 on Sunday in the first round of Tennis in the Land.

CLEVELAND: Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania beat third-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday in the first round of Tennis in the Land.

The 75th-ranked Begu is 3-0 against Alexandrova.

Begu won the final four points of the tiebreaker, ending it with a forehand that clipped the top of the net, and broke the serve of the No. 34 Alexandrova twice in the second set of the inaugural WTA 250 tournament.

Weve played a couple of times, so I knew exactly what to do, Begu said. I was aggressive as much as I could and my serve was really good today.

Alexandrova displayed frustration in the second set, throwing her racket after Begu held serve at 2-2. She was broken in the seventh and ninth games, the latter on a double-fault after fighting off a pair of match points.

Begu kept her composure throughout the 1 hour, 53 minute contest, even smiling when a passing boat blew its horn on the Cuyahoga River just before a serve.

It was nice playing in front of a nice crowd again, she said. Its my first time here and its such a nice city. Thanks for the hospitality.

Alexandrova and Vera Zvonareva were later knocked out of the doubles draw in the first round by Julia Lohoff and Renata Voracova, 6-0, 4-6, 10-6.

Fifth-seeded Nadia Podoroska of Argentina beat Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-4. Fourth-seeded Johanna Konta withdrew for scheduling reasons, moving 16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova into the field of 32 as a lucky loser.

No. 26 Daria Kasatkina of Russia is the top seed after receiving a wild-card entry. No. 28 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia is the only other top-30 singles player at the tournament.

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first published:August 23, 2021, 03:45 IST