Irina Maria Bara was born in Beius, a little city of Romania close to Timisoara and the Hungarian border, in 1995. The 22 year-old Romanian girl started her tennis career when she was only 4, guided by her father, her very first tennis coach, who helped her on the tennis courts of a very small club of her town Stei, where back then only two courts were available. Helped by the wins she achieved around the world, Irina is now close to TOP 150 of WTA singles ranking and the TOP 100 of WTA doubles ranking.
Last season has been, so far, Irina’s best season of her international career. She has been able to win two $25.000 ITF singles titles and even four ITF doubles titles, never under the $25.000 category level. Thanks to them, she is now very close to her tenth international singles title, while in doubles she won already more than 20 trophies.
2017 season has been the season where Irina played her maiden slam tournament in Wimbledon, followed by more recent Us Open and Australian Open tournaments. Thanks to her constant climb of the rankings, during last season the Romanian had also the chance to play her first WTA tournaments: first, thanks to a wild card, she played in Bucharest on the home soil, and then she conquered her second main draw in Bastad, where she got through qualification tournament, beating thrice a stronger player ranking wise. To enrich an already successful season, Bara won five times against current or recent TOP100 WTA players: Khromacheva, Hercog, Hsieh and fellow countrywoman Cadantu and Bogdan.
Her current pro career is a natural consequence of her bright junior career, started with a national championship title at the age of 8, the first of a long series of national titles she has been able to win almost every year. After these Romanian titles, Irina achieved many goals also on international junior circuit: only considering 2010 season, she played 8 tournaments and won 4 of them, Paris and Le Pontet in Category 1 and Crema and Novi Sad in Category 2. Thanks to these titles, she has been awarded by Tennis Europe as “The Player of the Year” in 2010 and she ensured two Romanian girls at the top of the category for the third straight year.
Bara plays a very crafty tennis, in which stamina and great defensive skills are the key of her success. Despite Irina plays with double-handed backhand (she is also right-handed), her tennis heroine is Justine Henin, the wonderfully elegant Belgian player who, in her career, with her brilliant one-handed backhand, won 43 WTA titles, a Fed Cup and mostly 7 slam trophies.