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First title in five years for Begu in Palermo

The fairytale ended for the young Italian, overcome by the guile and experience of her Romanian opponent

Irina-Camelia Begu Irina Camelia Begu (JB Autissier/Panoramic)

Sixth seed Irina-Camelia Begu won the Palermo title, ending the hopes of Italian favourite Lucia Bronzetti 6-2, 6-2.

It was the first time the two had met on the tour. Bronzetti looked to win her first WTA title and extend her four-match winning streak.

But it was the world No 45 who triumphed to win her first title of the year – and her first title since Bucharest in 2017.

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