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By Adrianna Outlaw | Friday, August 5, 2016

Irina-Camelia Begu

Irina-Camelia Begu rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Timea Babos to win her third career title in Florianopolis.

Photo credit: Cristiano Andujar/Brasil Tennis Cup

Irina-Camelia Begu's best tennis eluded her at the start of the Florianopolis final, but she found plenty of grit to spark a comeback and finish the job.

Begu converted six of seven break-point chances rallying past Timea Babos, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, to collect her third career title at the Brasil Tennis Cup.

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The world No. 31 won her first title since she lifted the 2015 Seoul championship.

The second-seeded Romanian overcame nine double faults, fighting off five of the 10 break points she faced.

Begu broke in the ninth game of the second set, eventually leveling the match.

Babos broke out to a 2-0 lead in the final set before Begu won six of the next seven games to seal the title.

"Today it was a really difficult match," Begu said. "I started really slow. In the second set I have a talk with my coach and he really helped me to through the negative moments, bad moments.

"I think in the second set at 4-3 it was key. I start to be more aggressive. I'm really happy winning the title."

The 25-year-old Begu will face Japan's Nao Hibino in her Olympic opener. The winner of the match will play either third-seeded Garbine Muguruza or former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the second round.

Babos will play two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her first-round match at the Rio Olympics.


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