Irina-Camelia Begu is a Romanian professional tennis player who turned professional in 2005. The right-handed player developed an interest in playing tennis from a young age. She competes in the WTA Tour and has won five singles titles and nine doubles titles. Likewise, Begu has won two singles titles on the WTA Challenger Tour and 12 singles and 19 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.
The former junior world No. 14 achieved this ranking on August 27, 2007, the day after she turned 17. In August 2016, Begu reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 22; two years later, she reached her highest WTA doubles ranking of world No. 22. Furthermore, Begu has also received some honors for her performances, and she was the WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2011.
Begu boasts a net worth of over $4 Million and the value is increasing as she still plays professionally. Playing in many big tournaments, she has taken home a massive amount of money as a prize. She has been playing for a long time, and until 2022, Begu has collected total prize money of $7,201,117.
At the beginning of 2022, Begu participated in the Melbourne Summer Set 2, which was organized with a prize of $239,477. She played in three matches and won two, earning over $5,800. She lost in the quarterfinal with Amanda Anisimova. In the same way, Begu gave her best in the Australian Open, bagging herself more than $115,873.
In February 2022, Irina-Camelia reached the semifinal of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy and earned $39,000. The same month, she was a part of the Qatar TotalEnergies Open, where she played against Petra Kvitova and took over $10,820. From March 22 to April 3, Begu participated in the Miami Open, presented by Itau, where she accumulated $54,400.
Likewise, Begu received $27,280 while playing in the Mutua Madrid Open, which had a prize of $6,575,560. She earned the highest prize money of her professional career in the Roland Garros, where she took over $232,659. Her last tournament in 2022 was Parma Ladies Open, where she collected more than $5,000.
Begu is a professional tennis player who has worked with some brands she promotes via her Instagram posts. She has a sponsorship deal with Fila, and we can see her wearing apparel from the brand. Besides, Begu uses a Babolat racket like another tennis player Julia Grabher.
Likewise, it is reported that Begu is the brand ambassador for TENA Lady's hygienic items.
The professional player, Begu, is single and enjoys a solitary life to the fullest. She focuses entirely on her career rather than searching for a life partner. While she is not playing, Begu loves exploring places and sharing the moments on her Instagram handle.
So, the tennis player keeps her personal matters to herself rather than exposing them to the media. Due to her low-key nature, it is pretty challenging to know about her love life.
Born on August 26, 1990, Irina-Camelia Begu was raised by her parents Steluta (Mother) and Paul (Father), in Bucharest, Romania. Her mother is a civil servant, while her father is an electrician. Begu is not only the child of her parents as she grew up with her older brother named, Andrei.
While growing up, Begu took inspiration from Martina Hingis. Before playing tennis, she played gymnastics and handball. Moreover, Begu began playing at the age of three-and-a-half years after getting introduced by her aunt. Her aunt was also a coach.
After turning 14, Begu participated in a one-month tour promoted by the ITF with seven other girls and eight boys. During that time, she joined the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Ricardas Berankis.
Begu made her ITF Junior Circuit debut at the Grade-4 Wilson ITF Junior Classic in January 2005, organized in Salzburg. Her doubles debut came in March 2005 at the Grade-3 Trofeul D Sturdza in Moldova. In June 2006, Begu won her first singles junior title at the Grade-2 Raquette D'Or in Mohammedia.
Irina-Camelia made her Orange Bowl debut in December 2006. Likewise, Begu lost in the first round to Ksenia Lykina at the 2007 French Open. Her professional career began in 2005 after making her debut in ITF Women's Circuit. Apart from that, Begu has also played for her nation and represented the team in some major tournaments.
While representing Romania, Begu competed at the London Olympics in the women's singles. She also played in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Begu is active on social media and has a solid fan base on her Instagram handle. She is verified on IG as @irina_camy15 and has accumulated over 21k followers. On December 28, 2022, Begu made her first post on Instagram, revealing that it was her second account.
Begu's main IG account was hacked. Apart from that, Begu is also available on Twitter and Facebook.