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Irina-Camelia Begu back in Palermo semifinals a decade later


Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu returns the ball to Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko during their women’s singles tennis match on the fifth day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2022. - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images)

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PALERMO, Sicily -- Irina-Camelia Begu is back in the semifinals of the Palermo Ladies Open after a decade.

The sixth-seeded Begu ended the run of 19-year-old Diane Parry by 6-1, 6-3 on the red clay of the Country Time Club.

Begu’s semifinal opponent is Sara Sorribes Tormo, who defeated Anna Bondar 6-2, 6-3.

In the 2012 semifinals in the Sicilian capital, Begu lost to eventual champion Sara Errani. The Romanian player reached the fourth round of this year’s French Open.

The other quarterfinals had Jasmine Paolini playing Nuria Parrizas Diaz and Lucia Bronzetti facing Caroline Garcia.