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Tennis player Ana Bogdan has been awarded Athlete of the Week title for her latest performance in Italy
A couple of days ago the Italian city of Parma played venue for a major women's tennis tournament of the WTA 250 series. The main draw of the clay tournament Parma Ladies Open, a competition with 200 thousand Euros in prize money, included two Romanians, 3rd-seeded Irina Begu and 6th-seeded Ana Bogdan. Bogdan made it to the semifinals and was awarded a prize of almost 9 thousand Euros.
Her performance in Parma has also pushed her 7 WTA notches up to the 46th position, for the first time in her career. She has also got the Athlete of the Week title, Radio Romania International awards weekly to the best Romanian performance.
In Parma, Bogdan obtained a first two-set win, 6-1, 6-2, against Laura Pigossi of Brasil. Then she defeated Ana Schmiedlova of Slovakia in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Bogdan then met her compatriot Irina Begu in the quarters whom she outperformed 6-2, 7-6. In the semifinals she managed a good show against Mayar Sherif of Egypt who eventually won the game 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Sherif won the trophy after beating top seed Maria Sakkari of Greece in the finals.
Ana Bogdan was born on 25 November 1992, in Sinaia, southern Romania, and turned professional in 2007. In 2009 she was second in the junior world ranking. She made it to the 59th position in the WTA ranking in June 2018. Her main performances had been two WTA semis in Florianopolis in 2016 and in Bucharest a year later. Since then she has had a constant ascension, making it to the semis in Paris in May and in Portoroz, Slovenia, in September.
She played two finals, in Warsaw, in July where she lost and in Iasi, northern Romania, in August where she won. Among the Romanian players she comes fourth after 9th-seeded Halep, Irina Begu on the 33rd position and Sorana Cirstea who is presently ranking 39th in the WTA standings.
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