WTA Gastein Mountain Top Draw Ceremony with Andrea Petkovic

(July 14, 2013) The Nürnberger Gastein Ladies WTA tournament in Bad Gastein, Austria kicks off main draw play on Monday, and Sunday’s draw ceremony with German Andrea Petkovic took place at picturesque Stubnerkogel, which is more than 2200 meters above sea level.

Draw_014Players, media and staff took gondolas to the top of the summit and walked across one of the world’s largest suspension bridges overseeing the valley and mountains. Petkovic was joined by fellow players Elina Svitolina, Sandra Klemenschitts, and wild card Lisa-Marie Moser.

Petkovic won her first title at this event back in 2009, and the former world No. 10 will try to plow her way to the finals again after her injury-filled last couple of years with an opener against Croat Petra Martic.

“I have a 0-3 record against her, so it will be a great test, especially since I am not as stable after my “Plague Year” as I should be. But if I want to advance and live up to earlier success, I have to improve my record against Martic, and that’s what I definitely plan on doing,” said Petkovic, who had travelled from Stuttgart with her entire family. “When I have my family around me, I immediately feel more comfortable, and on top of that, Bad Gastein is one of my favourite tournaments anyway.”

The tournament’s top seed, German Mona Barthel will open up against Chiara Scholl of the US, while the second seeded Annika Beck will take on former world No. 11 Shahar Peer in the first round.

(German translation assistance thanks to @david93_do)

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