The week following the US Open brought us two new champions – Kirsten Flipkens and Irina-Camelia Begu.
At the US Open, Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens fell to top seed and eventual runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round, but at this week’s Bell Challenge in Quebec City, the top seed was her first victim, Dominika Cibulkova. After taking the Slovakian out in the first round, Flipkens defeated Mirjana Lucic, Anna Tatishvili, third seed Mona Barthel in the semis and finally Lucie Hradecka 6-1 7-5 for her first title on the WTA Tour.
On Saturday, unseeded Irina-Camelia Begu, who upset Caroline Wozniacki in the opening round of the US Open, lifted the Tashkent Open trophy by ending the surprise run of 16-year-old qualifier Donna Vekic, who was playing her first WTA main draw and became one of the youngest WTA finalists. To win the $37,000 title, Begu, the 2011 Newcomer of the Year, defeated three seeded players in a row. After Akgul Amanmuradova, Begu’s victims were third seed Alize Cornet, eighth seed Galina Voskoboeva, second seed Urszula Radwanska and finally in the title match the young Vekic, 6-4 6-4. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)