Begu defeats Babos in Florianopolis to take Brasil Open
Irina-Camelia Begu came from a set down to defeat Hungary’s Timea Babos and claim the Brasil Open in Florianopolis on Friday.
The 25 year old Romanian, seeded second, secured her third career title with a stirring response after dropping the first set 6-2 in lethargic fashion. The second set was a far more competitive affair and with the pair locked at a 4-4 stalemate, Begu finally got the break she’d been looking for to turn the match around. She served out the set in the following game to level proceedings at one set apiece.
The momentum quickly shifted back to Babos with an early break in the decider before Begu rallied once more to take 6 of the next 7 games to secure the title with a 2-6 6-4 6-3 scoreline.
“During the match I didn’t start really well – I was a little bit tense and focusing too much on the negative rather than the positive things I was doing. Then I realized I had to make the most of the situation, if the forehand wasn’t working I needed to use the backhand more…” stated Begu in the post match interview.
Both players now head to the Olympic Games in Rio with Begu due to play Nao Hibino. Babos has another tough assignment and will face off against two time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the opening match.