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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)

Bad Gastein, Austria
July 15-21, 2013
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 Bad Gastein – Cornet prevails over Wickmayer, as Goerges and Craybas take doubles title

By Romi Cvitkovic

Although the WTA tournament in Bad Gastein started off with days of rain, the tournament ended in tears of joy for one of its winners, Alize Cornet. In just her second career title, she dispatched of Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 7-6(1) in just over two hours.

“It has been four years I haven’t won a singles title, so it’s just happiness now. I’m so happy,” Cornet said. “It’s been a super week. I really love this tournament. I love the people here and I feel everybody loves me as well. I’m not Austrian, but I feel like I’m Austrian when I’m here. It’s my favorite tournament … What more can I ask for than winning it?”

After struggling for most of the season, Cornet made a breakthrough in Stuttgart this April, blasting through the qualification rounds before retiring to Maria Sharapova in the second round. She then bested her results by losing in the finals of Strasbourg to Francesca Schiavone in two tights sets.

The doubles final featured the standout duos of Julia Goerges and Jill Craybas defeating Petra Martic and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-7(4), 6-4, 11-9. Although Goerges was the number one singles seed and Martic the fifth seed, both fell out in the first round only to enjoy Bad Gastein a little longer and meet in the doubles finals.

Check out the full gallery of the singles and doubles matches, as well as both awards ceremonies. All photo credit to Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm.

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WTA Bad Gastein – Martic goes paragliding as Cornet and Wickmayer setup finals showdown

Full singles results from the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies WTA tournament in Austria. Check out the full gallery below, including on-court action shots and a paraglider ride with Petra Martic!

[7] Alize Cornet d. Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-1, 6-2
[3] Ksenia Pervak d. [Q] Chichi Scholl 6-4, 6-1
Mandy Minella d [8] Johanna Larsson 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
[2/W] Yanina Wickmayer d. Yvonne Meusburger 6-3, 6-2

[7] Alize Cornet d. [3] Ksenia Pervak 6-2, 6-2
[2/W] Yanina Wickmayer d. Mandy Minella 7-6(3), 6-3

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WTA Bad Gastein gallery – Wickmayer, Cornet, Minella through to quarterfinals

After several days of rain in Bad Gastein, the sun finally arrived on the courts of the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies tournament in Austria, and the quarterfinals have been set. Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm has been in Bad Gastein all week, including today’s on-court action. Check out his full gallery below!

Results – Thursday, June 14, 2012
Singles – Second Round
(2/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 76(4) 63
(3) Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) d. Sarah Gronert (GER) 62 63
Mandy Minella (LUX) d. (4) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 36 63
(Q) Chichi Scholl (USA) d. (6) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 63 64
(7) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Sacha Jones (AUS) 63 62
(8) Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 62 63
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. (Q) Dia Evtimova (BUL) 62 63
Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) d. (Q) Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 64 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Groenefeld/Martic (GER/CRO) d. Cabeza Candela/Duque-Mariño (ESP/COL) 36 64 103 (Match TB)
(4) Craybas/Goerges (USA/GER) d. (WC) Neuwirth/Rottmann (AUT/AUT) 62 62
Birnerova/Hogenkamp (CZE/NED) d. (WC) Haas/Toljan (AUT/AUT) 64 61
Jugic-Salkic/Klemenschits (BIH/AUT) d. Abramovic/Tomljanovic (CRO/CRO) 76(5) 61

Order Of Play – Friday, June 15, 2012
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Ksenia Pervak vs. Chichi Scholl
2. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Yanina Wickmayer (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Johanna Larsson vs. Mandy Minella
4. Estrella Cabeza Candela vs. Alizé Cornet
5. Jugic-Salkic/Klemenschits vs. Begu/Minella

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jurak/Marosi vs. Birnerova/Hogenkamp
2. Groenefeld/Martic vs. Lee-Waters/Moulton-Levy
3. Costas-Moreira/Ferrer Suárez vs. Craybas/Goerges

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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 gallery – top seed Julia Goerges stunned by Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp

By Romi Cvitkovic

The WTA tennis tournament in Bad Gastein, Austria is off to a rough start — not only because of the consistent rain delays, but also because top seeded Julia Goerges went down Tuesday in three sets.

Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp ousted Goerges after losing the initial set, but regained her momentum and handed the 2010 Bad Gastein titlist a first-round loss, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“Today I played without any pressure,” the 20-year-old Hogenkamp said. ” I tried to make it as tough as possible for her, and I’m happy I won.”

Number 2 seed Yanina Wickmayer made quick work of Mariana Duque-Marino as she broke her five times to take the match, 6-3, 6-4.

Seventh-seeded Alize Cornet may best be known for her unique style and expressions on court, and she didn’t disappoint, disposing of her opponent Edina Gallovits-Hall, 7-5, 7-5 in just under two hours.

Marta Domachowska went out to fourth-seed Carla Suarez Navarro, 4-6, 5-7, as Mandy Minella finished her match against Alja Tomljanovic and prevailed 6-3, 6-4.

Other results:
Estrella Cabeza Candela d. Laura Pous-Tio, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Sacha Jones d. Yuliya Beygelzimer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Sarah Gronert d. Eva Birnerova, 6-2, 6-0

The schedule for Wednesday includes first-round matches that did not play or finish today, and will be played warranted the rain holds out.

In the mean time, check out the day’s on-court gallery from resident Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm below.

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WTA Bad Gastein – Toga-themed player’s party with Julia Goerges, Alize Cornet, Yanina Wickmayer

By Romi Cvitkovic

The rain at WTA Bad Gastein forced play to halt for most of the day Monday, but the players still attended a toga-themed Player’s Party in the evening before calling it a day. Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm is on-hand in Austria all week. For the full scoop, check out his gallery below!

Not much occurred on-court today, but luckily, the last of the qualification round matches were able to finish before the heavens opened. One main draw match began between Mandy Minella and Alja Tomljanovic but was unable to finish, and the weather doesn’t look much better for tomorrow either. But that is not bumming out German Julia Goerges as she gets an extra day to relax, according to her WTA blog here.

Check out the full gallery from the player’s party below which features Julia Goerges, Yanina Wickmayer (did she not get the “toga” memo?), Alize Cornet, Jill Craybas, Marta Domachowska, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Yvonne Meusburger, Petra Martic, Dia Evtimova, Sarah Gronert and Nicole Rottmann. Also catch a promotional photoshoot featuring Austrian players Barbara Haas and Yvonne Meusburger, as well as the main draw match between Mandy Minella and Alja Tomljanovic.

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