Nürnberger Gastein Ladies

WTA Bad Gastein Gallery: Meusburger Defeats Hlavackova for Maiden Title

(July 21, 2013) At 29-years-old, Austrian Yvonne Meusburger captured her first WTA title in Bad Gastein on Sunday, defeating Andrea Hlavackova, 7-5, 6-2.

Meusburger had previously made two WTA finals, with runner-up showings at Bad Gastein in 2007 and at Budapest a week ago. Twenty of Meusburger’s 46 WTA main draw wins have come at Bad Gastein, and this week she didn’t drop a set. She is projected to surpass her career-high of No. 60 in the new rankings on Monday.

This was Hlavackova’s first trip to a WTA final, and in fact, it was her first time past the quarterfinal round of an event. She is expected to climb roughly 25 ranking spots, back up to around world No. 83.

In the doubles final, Sandra Klemenschits and her partner Andreja Klepac took out Kristina Barrois and Eleni Daniilidou, 6-1, 6-4, for their maiden title both as a team and individually.

Gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm.

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WTA Bad Gastein Gallery: Beck, Hlavackova, Martic, Rus and More

The Nurnberger Gastein Ladies WTA tournament this week in Austria has featured some great talent and stories, and the last of the second round as well as the quarterfinal action was no exception. Players such as Annika Beck, Karin Knapp, Arantxa Rus, Petra Martic, Mandy Minella, Yvonne Meusburger and more took the court the past two days.

Gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm.

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WTA Bad Gastein Gallery: 1970s-Themed Player’s Party with Beck, Minella, Martic and More

(July 17 2013) In honor of the 40th anniversary of the WTA Tour, players of the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies tournament paid an homage to the decades in a 1970s-themed player’s party. The ladies really took to the event with glam, bold patterns, bandanas, and even peace sign necklaces.

Check out all the players, including Annika Beck, Mandy Minella, Aranxta Rus, Petra Martic and much more in the gallery below!

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WTA Gastein Gallery: Rus Breaks 17-Match Losing Streak; Barthel Cruises

(July 15, 2013) Monday at the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies tournament in Austria saw one player’s nearly year-long heartbreak end in triumph. After a 17-match losing streak which ended back to August 2012, 22-year-old Aranxta Rus finally won a Tour-level match against the tournament’s No. 7 seed Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Top seed Mona Barthel also quickly dispatched of American Chiara Scholl in just 35 minutes, as No. 3 seed Irina-Camelia Begu defeated German wildcard Carina Witthoeft, 6-3, 6-3. (Gallery at bottom)

NÜRNBERGER GASTEIN LADIES
Bad Gastein, Austria
July 15-21, 2013
$235,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Monday, July 15, 2013
Singles – First Round
(1) Mona Barthel (GER) d. Chiara Scholl (USA) 60 60
(3) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. (WC) Carina Witthoeft (GER) 63 63
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. (7) María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) 75 57 64
(8) Karin Knapp (ITA) d. Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Minella/Scheepers (LUX/RSA) d. Kostova/Shinikova (BUL/BUL) 62 64
Kapshay/Mircic (UKR/SRB) d. (2) Grandin/Martic (RSA/CRO) 63 64
(3) Olaru/Solovyeva (ROU/RUS) d. (WC) Moser/Neuwirth (AUT/AUT) 63 57 108 (Match TB)
Ferrer Suárez/Rus (ESP/NED) d. Clerico/Zaja (ITA/GER) 61 26 104 (Match TB)

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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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