Romanian pairing Irina Begu-Monica Niculescu on Friday advanced to the final of the women’s doubles event at the 2,212,250-US-dollar Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open tournament after defeating 6th-seeded Czech double Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka, in one hour and 29 minutes.
Begu-Niculescu thus made up for their loss to the Hlavackova/Hradecka double in the 2012 final of the Luxemburg Open, 3-6, 4-6.
Begu-Niculescu won the women’s doubles title at the WTA Hobart International tournament in 2012.
The two Romanian tennis players won 65,930 US dollars and 585 WTA points for their current performance. In the final, they will meet either 1st seeded pairing Martina Hingis (SUI)/Sania Mirza (IND), or 4th seeded Taiwanese Hao-Ching Chan/Yung-Jan Chan. AGERPRES