First finals of career

Alexandra Sasnovich reaches WTA finals in Seoul but, sadly, loses to Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu in decisive match — 3:6, 1:6

Alexandra Sasnovich reaches WTA finals in Seoul but, sadly, loses to Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu in decisive match — 3:6, 1:6


In the WTA ratings, over 100 places separated the rivals, with Begu ranked 29th and Sasnovich just 136th. The Romanian tennis player confirmed her supremacy in Seoul, returning six serves from the Belarusian while Alexandra only managed two breaks. Moreover, Begu has made one ace. The match lasted one hour and 17 minutes.



It was the first time that Alexandra, 21, had reached the finals of a professional WTA tournament, so the result was one of which she should be proud. On her route to the finals, she smashed several famous tennis players: Alexandra Dulgheru, Magdalena Rybarikova, Sloane Stephens and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

Her success will propel Alexandra up the ratings, approaching the top hundred.

Her performance in Seoul was covered by major international information agencies, who called it a sensation. The Western media called the event a ‘dream’, ‘impressive’, and a ‘giant killing run’; the Belarusian was represented as ‘a slayer of giants’.

By Yegor Glebov

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