Annika Beck (German pronunciation: [bɛk]; born 16 February 1994) is a retired German tennis player. She started playing tennis at the age of four when introduced to the game by her parents. A baseliner whose favorite shot is forehand, and favorite surface is hardcourt. She was coached by Jakub Záhlava and Sebastian Sachs.
Beck at the 2016 US Open
|Born||16 February 1994|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Retired||21 October 2018|
|Plays||Right (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 37 (18 July 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2016)|
|French Open||3R (2015, 2016)|
|US Open||2R (2016)|
|Career titles||1 WTA|
|Highest ranking||No. 84 (18 July 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2014, 2017)|
|French Open||2R (2014, 2015)|
|US Open||1R (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)|
Beck won two singles titles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour, as well as seven singles titles on the ITF Circuit. On 18 July 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 37, and on the same date, she peaked at No. 84 in the WTA doubles rankings.
Her father Johannes and her mother Petra teach chemistry at the University of Bonn. Beck attended the Erzbischöfliche Liebfrauenschule Bonn, a school for girls, where she completed her Abitur in 2011.
Beck started 2012 ranked world No. 234. She played one ITF tournament in January, one in February, and three in March, where she was runner-up in Sunderland and Bath, and won in Moscow. In April and May, Beck played higher-level tournaments, but had to play qualifying rounds. She qualified for the main draw in Copenhagen and Prague, achieving the second round of the main draw at the latter. She lost in qualifying at the events in Stuttgart and Estoril, and at the French Open. She did, however, take part in the Junior French Open, defeating Anna Karolína Schmiedlová in the final, in three sets.
Beck qualified for the Wimbledon Championships, but lost in the first round. In July, she earned a spot in the main draw of the WTA tournament in Båstad but did not progress past the first round. She also played two ITF tournaments, winning the $50k event in Versmold, and losing in the second round at the $100k event in Olomouc. In August, she won a $25k tournament in Koksijde, then played in qualifying for the US Open, losing in the first round.
In September, her rank had risen enough for direct entry into the main draw at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, Canada, where she got to the second round. She then won the GB Pro-Series Shrewsbury on the ITF Circuit. In October, she played two WTA events, but had to play qualifying rounds. She lost in the second round of qualifying at the Linz Open, but won through to the main draw at the Luxembourg Open, winning her first-round match but losing to Lucie Hradecká in the second. Back on the ITF Circuit, she won the two $75k events in Ismaning and Barnstaple. By the end of 2012, she had improved her world ranking 156 places up to No. 78.
Beck began her 2013 season at the first edition of the Shenzhen Open. She reached the quarterfinal round where she lost to sixth seed Peng Shuai. Beck then went on to win her first Grand Slam match at the Australian Open, upsetting 28th seed Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round. She was defeated in the second round by Ayumi Morita.
In Thailand at the Pattaya Open, Beck lost in the first round to Varatchaya Wongteanchai. At the U.S. Indoor Championships in Tennessee, Beck was defeated in the first round by eventual champion Marina Erakovic. Seeded eighth at the Brasil Tennis Cup, Beck lost in the second round to Jana Čepelová. In Indian Wells, Beck was defeated in the first round by Kiki Bertens. At the Sony Open, Beck lost in the first round to Urszula Radwańska.
Beck began her clay-court season at the first edition of the Katowice Open. She made it to the semifinal round where she was defeated by second seed and eventual champion, Roberta Vinci. In Stuttgart at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Beck pushed fifth seed Petra Kvitová to three sets but ended up losing in their first round encounter. At the Portugal Open, Beck was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Vania King.
2014: First WTA titleEdit
Beck improved her previous year's result at the Shenzhen Open, this time reaching the semifinals, where she lost to Li Na, in straight sets. At the Australian Open, she defeated Petra Martić in the first round, but lost to 14th seed Ana Ivanovic in the second. At the French Open, she lost in the first round to Tsvetana Pironkova, in three sets.
At the French Open, Beck defeated former world No. 2, Agnieszka Radwańska, in the first round in three sets, becoming just the third player to defeat the Pole in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. In round two, she defeated another Pole in the person of qualifier Paula Kania to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. After early exits at Wimbledon and the US Open and her first WTA doubles title, Beck won her second WTA singles title at the Tournoi de Québec by beating Jeļena Ostapenko (who had defeated her in their last meeting) in straight sets.
After early exits at the Shenzhen Open and the Hobart International, Beck reached the second week of a Grand Slam championship for the first time at the Australian Open, beating wildcard Priscilla Hon, No. 11 seed Timea Bacsinszky and Laura Siegemund en route. She then lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets. After that, Beck played for Germany in their Fed Cup tie against Switzerland where she beat Bacsinszky once again. However, the win was not enough for them as Germany lost in the doubles match.
Beck's season started in January at the ASB Classic. She lost in the first round to Naomi Osaka. In Hobart at the Hobart International, Beck was defeated in the first round by top seed Kiki Bertens. At the Australian Open, Beck lost in the first round to Australian wildcard Ashleigh Barty.
In Russia at the St. Petersburg Trophy, Beck upset seventh seed Kiki Bertens in the first round. She was defeated in the second round by eventual finalist Yulia Putintseva. At the Qatar Open, Beck lost in the final round of qualifying to Camila Giorgi. Seeded eighth at the Hungarian Open, Beck reached the quarterfinal round where she fell to Carina Witthöft. At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Beck was defeated in the first round by Madison Brengle. Playing in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open, Beck beat former world No. 5, Eugenie Bouchard, in the first round. She lost in the second round to 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic. At the Miami Open, Beck was defeated in the first round by Christina McHale.
On 21 October, Beck announced her retirement from professional tennis.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2013||Luxembourg Open||Hard (i)||Caroline Wozniacki||2–6, 2–6|
|Win||1–1||Oct 2014||Luxembourg Open||Hard (i)||Barbora Strýcová||6–2, 6–1|
|Loss||1–2||Jul 2015||Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianópolis||Clay||Teliana Pereira||4–6, 6–4, 1–6|
|Win||2–2||Sep 2015||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||Carpet (i)||Jeļena Ostapenko||6–2, 6–2|
Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner–ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2014||Linz Open, Austria||Hard (i)||Caroline Garcia|| Raluca Olaru
|Win||1–1||Jul 2015||Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianópolis||Clay||Laura Siegemund|| María Irigoyen
|Loss||1–2||Jul 2016||Swiss Open, Gstaad||Clay||Evgeniya Rodina|| Lara Arruabarrena
|1–6, 6–3, [8–10]|
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 10 (7–3)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||22 November 2009||Équeurdreville, France||Hard (i)||Constance Sibille||4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||31 January 2010||ITF Kaarst, Germany||Hard (i)||Audrey Bergot||6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||2.||5 February 2012||ITF Sunderland, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Sarah Gronert||6–3, 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||26 February 2012||ITF Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Kirsten Flipkens||6–1, 7–5|
|Runner-up||3.||25 March 2012||ITF Bath, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Kiki Bertens||4–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||8 July 2012||ITF Versmold, Germany||Clay||Anastasija Sevastova||6–3, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||12 August 2012||ITF Koksijde, Belgium||Clay||Bibiane Schoofs||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||5.||22 September 2012||ITF Shrewsbury, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Stefanie Vögele||6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||28 October 2012||ITF Ismaning, Germany||Carpet (i)||Eva Birnerová||6–3, 7–6(10–8)|
|Winner||7.||4 November 2012||ITF Barnstaple, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Eleni Daniilidou||6–7(1–7), 6–2, 6–2|
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
|Winner||2012||French Open||Clay||Anna Karolína Schmiedlová||3–6, 7–5, 6–3|
Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit
Wins over top-10 playersEdit
|1.||Simona Halep||No. 3||Rosmalen Championships||Grass||2R||5–7, 3–2 ret.||No. 55|
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