The champion at this year’s Tashkent Open is Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, who managed to break the amazing winning streak of sixteen year old Donna Vekic of Croatia to win the final 6-4 6-4 in an hour and twenty minutes.
Begu, twenty two years old and ranked 87 on the WTA’s list of players, has had an up and down season, having reached a ranking of 40 at the end of 2011, up from 214 at the end of 2010. This year she reached one quarter final and two semi finals, but also had a whole lot of first and second round losses. The Tashkent Open was the third WTA tour final of her career, having got through to the final rounds at Marbella and Budapest in 2011, which propelled her to earning the WTA Player Award of Newcomer of the Year at the end of the year.
The final, which was played in perfect for tennis warm and partly cloudy conditions, saw Begu win this tightly fought match with the higher percentage of first service points, including five aces, while Vekic won most of the second serve points. All the other statistic percentages were very close and the outcome of the match was the result of Begu having had more big match experience than her inexperienced opponent.