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WTA Nürnberg Photo Gallery: Best Photos from Qualies Saturday

(June 8, 2013) The WTA event in Nürnberg is kicking off its first year and is now the second tournament being played in Germany in addition to Stuttgart.

This year’s No. 1 seed is former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic who is just coming off of a quarterfinal run in Roland Garros. She took a last minute wildcard, and with a good performance in Nürnberg may be able to overtake the 12th spot from her compatriot Ana Ivanovic in the Wimbledon seedings later this month. Joining her as fellow wildcards are former top 10 player Andrea Petkovic and another German Dinah Pfizenmaier.

The qualification first round kicked off today and below you’ll find photos of Anna-Lena Friedsam, Dia Evtimova, Aleksandra Krunic, Diana Marcinkevica, Chiara Scholl, Raluca Olaru, Katarzyna Piter, Tereza Smitkova, Valeria Solovyeva, Carina Witthoeft and Maryna Zanevska.

Check back tomorrow and all week for more Nürnberg galleries from our Tennis Grandstand photographer, Rick Gleijm

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WTA Bad Gastein gallery – Petra Martic ousted by local favorite Yvonne Meusburger

By Romi Cvitkovic

The WTA tournament in Bad Gastein has been getting surprised with seeds crashing out just as much as the rain delaying play. And today was no different.

In a rain-interrupted Wednesday, fifth-seeded Petra Martic who had just come off of her career-best showing at a Slam by making the fourth round of the French Open last week, was ousted by local favorite Yvonne Meusburger who saved four match points to win with a score of 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(5).

Another seed, number three Ksenia Pervak saved five match points during her 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) victory against opponent Lara Arruabarrena-Veci.

Sixth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu was forced to three sets and saved six-of-eight break points in the final set to beat her German opponent, Kathrin Woerle, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

Eighth-seeded Johanna Larsson also defeated qualifier Jana Cepelova, 6-4, 7-6(1).

16-year-old Austrian wildcard Barbara Haas saw her WTA tournament debut come to an end as she was defeated by qualifier Dia Evtimova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. Still active on the juniors circuit while reaching the finals of $10,000 ITF tournaments, expect to see the name “Haas” (no relation to Tommy Haas, supposedly) appear again in the future.

Other results:
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) d. (WC) Nicole Rottmann (AUT) 6-2 6-3
Jill Craybas (USA) d. Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 7-5 6-3
(Q) Chichi Scholl (USA) d. Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) 6-3 6-0

Check out the day’s matches in our full gallery below by Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm!

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WTA Bad Gastein – Qualification weekend, draw ceremony and Julia Goerges arrival

By Romi Cvitkovic

Set in the picturesque Gastein valley of the Austrian Alps, the red clay tennis courts of the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies tournament lay in sharp contrast to the green of the surrounding national park. Bad Gastein is known as a luxurious spa town in the Austrian state of Salzburg, and the word “bad” translates to “spa” reflecting the town’s history as a health resort. But for one week in June, Bad Gastein is overtaken by hard-hitting WTA tennis players, and this year’s edition includes the likes of Julia Goerges, Yanina Wickmayer, Alize Cornet and Carla Suarez Navarro among others.

Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm will be in Bad Gastein all week taking photos of the ladies in the beautiful surroundings, so make sure to check back each day for new on- and off-court photos!

Today’s photos cover qualification weekend as well as the arrival of German Julia Goerges, and the draw ceremony featuring Austrian tennis players Barbara Haas and Nicole Rottman, French player Alize Cornet and special guest Austrian pro snowboarder Andreas Prommegger.

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