Irina Begu (63 WTA) spoke for ProSport after the painful defeat suffered on Friday, during the match Romania – Poland, from the qualifying round for the final tournament of the Billie Jean King Cup (ex Fed Cup), score 1-6, 6-4, 2-6 with Magda Linette (58 WTA) .
Irina Begu lost the first match of Meeting Romania – Poland, score 1-6, 6-4, 2-6 with Magda Linette, after two hours of play! Begu came back excellent and equalized in the sets, but Linette regained her aggressiveness in the decisive and won the first point for Poland! The mission of the “tricolors” became almost impossible, given that Iga Swiatek made it 2-0 on aggregateafter 6-1, 6-0 with Mihaela Buzărnescu.
Irina Begu, the best Romanian player in the context where Simona Halep was injured, says she did everything she could in her match against Magda Linette, but the Pole was too good.
Irina Begu, the first reaction after the defeat against Magda Linette of the Fed Cup: “I’m proud of myself!”
Irina Begu played solidly in the second set, but that wasn’t enough to bring Romania a valuable point: “In the first set, it took me a while to get into the rhythm and get used to the disc again. hard, with the serve and the game in general. In the second set I reset and tried to play more aggressive. I’m glad I managed to serve much better (no – from the second set) Overall, I’m proud of myself and I know I did everything I could under the given conditions.”
If it was anything different from the match in Cleveland, won by the Romanian in front of Linette with 7-6 (5), 6-2: “I played six months ago, maybe even more. It wasn’t a big difference, we know each other quite well. We know each other very well, we trained together. This game was a bit different from an emotional point of view, and I think she played much more solidly than me in the first set,” Begu told ProSport.
Where the match was lost
Asked if she could have adopted another tactic, Irina Begu replied: to serve better!?’. I had a 2-1 ball, I made a pretty big mistake there, on the advantage, on the 2-1 ball. Basically, from there I lost my job, she gained a little self-confidence, I was a little disappointed and the game broke at that time. Admittedly, if I had won this match, things would have been a little different. I was not feeling physically, there was a moment when certain thoughts crossed my mind. I am proud of what I have been able to do during all these years. I came and I was a team player, I tried to give my best for the Fed Cup matches.”
On the inconvenience of playing in front of stands full of Polish athletes: “I’m happy to have managed to live extraordinary moments. I will never forget the Fed Cup matches, those in Cluj, those in Rouen, France, the match in the Czech Republic. These are memories that will remain and will be part of my career. It was a bit different game because there weren’t enough Romanians, like I used to. Overall, these were extraordinary years and I still have these memories,” concluded Irina Begu.