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Begu knocks off Vekic for Tashkent crown

7:02 AM, Sep 15, 2012   |    comments
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Sports Network) - Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu claimed her first WTA title with a straight-set win over Croatian qualifier Donna Vekic in Saturday's final at the Tashkent Open.

Begu, who upended second-seeded Urszula Radwanska in the semifinals on Friday, posted a 6-4, 6-4 triumph Saturday in her third career final. She had reached the title matches in Marbella and Budapest last year.

The 16-year-old Vekic was the youngest player to reach a WTA final since 2006 when Austrian Tamira Paszek, at the age of 15, titled in Portoroz.

Begu, whose best previous finish this year was a semifinal appearance at Palermo in July, collected a first prize of $37,000.

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