Valeria Solovyeva

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 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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