Romania’s Horia Tecau and Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt won the doubles event of the ATP tournament in Casablanca, Morocco, a tournament with total prizes of EUR 398,250. The pair defeated Britain’s Colin Fleming and Slovakia’s Igor Zelenay, score 6-2, 6-1.
Tecau and Lindstedt, the top favorites, won the game after 56 minutes, and will each receive USD 11,000 and 250 points in the ATP’s doubles rankings. This is the third double event Tecau wins in the ATP circuit this year after the ones won in Zagreb (alongside Belgium’s Dick Norman) and Acapulco (alongside Victor Hanescu). Tecau and Lindstedt won four tournaments last year (Casablanca, s’Hertogenbosch, Bastad and New Haven). This year they lost the final in Brisbane.
In the same tournament Romania’s Victor Hanescu (top seed 8) failed to qualify for the singles final on Saturday, being defeated by Italy’s Potito Starace (top seed 5) in the semifinals, score 6-1, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2).
Irina Begu loses final in marbella
Romanian tennis player Irina Begu surprisingly qualified for the final of the WTA tournament in Marbella after defeating Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova (top seed 2) in the semifinals on Saturday, score 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4. The game lasted 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Irina Begu (138th in the WTA standings), a member of Bucharest-based Livone club, came from the qualifiers and obtained the best result of her young professional career. She will most likely enter the WTA’s top 100 after winning 216 WTA points and a check for USD 19,000. In the final Irina Begu lost against Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka (top seed), 6-3, 6-2
In the same tournament Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru (top seed 4) was defeated by Italy’s Sara Errani (top seed 8) in the quarterfinals, score 6-2, 6-2. Errani went on to lose against Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka (top seed). The latter had reached the semifinals after Russia’s Dinara Safina forfeited the quarterfinals game at the score of 5-1 in the first set.