2016 Wimbledon player profile: Irina-Camelia Begu

Irina-Camelia Begu will be looking to replicate her clay court form to mount a good challenge at Wimbledon.

The Romanian number two, behind Simona Halep, is currently ranked at 27, two behind her career-high ranking. Begu has had some good results this year to indicate that she could break into the top 20.

Notable results to date

Begu, firmly ranked inside the top 32 of the rankings, had a poor start to the 2016 campaign as she lost in the second round of the Shenzhen Open and at the Australian Open she reached the fourth round in 2015 but Johanna Larsson ousted her from the tournament in the first round. 

The Romanian took a couple of months off as she returned to the tour for the back-to-back Premier Mandatory tournaments at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells but lost to Laura Siegmund in the first round and at the Miami Open she reached the fourth round before losing to Madison Keys.

Begu's season took off during the clay court season by reaching the quarterfinals of the Volvo Car Open losing to Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. She produced two impressive back-to-back runs at the Mutua Madrid Open, with wins over former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard and Garbine Muguruza who went on to win the French Open a month later; Halep, Begu's compatriot ended her amazing tournament in the quarterfinals.

The following week at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Begu didn't drop a set en route to the semifinals, her biggest win was over an injured Victoria Azarenka in the second round and she suffered a loss to eventual champion Serena Williams in the semifinals.

Begu's clay court season culminated with a fourth round defeat to Shelby Rogers at the French Open.

Begu in third round action at the French Open against Germany's Annika Beck (Photo by Julian Finney / Source : Getty Images)
Begu in third round action at the French Open against Germany's Annika Beck (Photo by Julian Finney / Source : Getty Images)

Best grass results leading to Wimbledon

Begu entered two grass court events before Wimbledon, as she was beginning her transition from clay to grass by playing at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

Her first victory on grass in Birmingham was against Belinda Bencic 6-4, and she was leading 4-3 in the second set but Bencic retired from the match. 2010 Wimbledon semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova knocked out Begu in straight sets in the second round.

The following week at the Aegon International, Begu had a bye as she was seeded but she had a tough second round match against Eugenie Bouchard and she was ousted from the tournament in straight sets.

Best Wimbledon result

Begu's best result at Wimbledon was last year in the third round as the 29th seed. 

The Romanian picked up a straight set triumph over Daria Gavrilova in the first round and a three set victory over Lesia Tsurenko in the second round before falling to former champion Maria Sharapova in the third round.

Begu in second round action of Wimbledon in 2014 against Andrea Petkovic (Photo by Matthew Stockman / Source : Getty Images)
Begu in second round action at Wimbledon in 2014 against Andrea Petkovic (Photo by Matthew Stockman / Source : Getty Images
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Begu's other best result at Wimbledon was a second round loss to Andrea Petkovic in 2014.

How Begu's game translates to this surface

Begu has a big first serve which can work effective on the grass but her movement isn't the best as she is accustomed to the movement on clay and hard courts.  The Romanian has a powerful forehand too and she can attack from the baseline but she would struggle on grass against players like Agnieszka Radwanska or Caroline Wozniacki who mix up their games on grass and could get Begu in uncomfortable positions.

Begu would need to shorten points on grass to have success on it and she has difficulties with the bounce of the ball as she is a tall player and not comfortable on this surface.

Begu will be looking to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time and if she does it would be a good achievement for the Romanian on her weakest surface.

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