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Annika Beck (German pronunciation: [bɛk]; born 16 February 1994 in Gießen)[2] is a retired German tennis player. She started playing tennis at age 4 when introduced to the game by her parents. A baseliner whose favorite shot is forehand, and favorite surface is hard, she was coached by Jacub Zahlava and Sebastian Sachs.

Annika Beck
Annika Beck 2, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports) Germany
ResidenceBonn
Born (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 25)
Gießen
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2009[1]
Retired21 October 2018
PlaysRight (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,254,932
Singles
Career record251–189
Career titles2 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 37 (18 July 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2016)
French Open3R (2015, 2016)
Wimbledon3R (2016)
US Open2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record28–61
Career titles1 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 84 (18 July 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2014, 2017)
French Open2R (2014, 2015)
Wimbledon2R (2016)
US Open1R (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup1R (2016), record 2–1

Beck won two singles titles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour, [3] as well as seven singles titles on the ITF Women's 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 doubles rankings.

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Personal lifeEdit

Her father Johannes and her mother Petra teach chemistry at the University of Bonn. [4][5] Beck attended the Erzbischöfliche Liebfrauenschule Bonn, a school for girls, where she completed her Abitur in 2011.[5][6][7]

Annika speaks German, English and Spanish, and relaxed between matches by playing violin. Her favourite tennis memory was winning the Junior 2012 French Open. [8]

CareerEdit

2012Edit

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, earning a place in the main draw, but lost in the first round. In July, 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 $50,000 event in Versmold, and losing in the second round at the $100,000 event in Olomouc. In August, she won a $25,000 tournament in Koksijde, then played in qualifying for the US Open, losing in the first round.

In September, her rank had risen enough for her to earn 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 Aegon 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 Generali Ladies Linz, 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 $75,000 events in Ismaning and Barnstaple. By the end of 2012 she had improved her world ranking 156 places up to No. 78.

2013Edit

In 2013, Beck reached the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open, defeating the fourth seed Hsieh Su-wei in the second round. She then went on to win her first Grand Slam match at the Australian Open, shocking the 28th seed Yaroslava Shvedova in round one before going out to Ayumi Morita of Japan. Beck then played WTA main-tour events, with her ranking now giving direct entry into the main draw. She lost first round in Pattaya City and Memphis, but advanced to the second round in Florianópolis. Beck then played at the Premier tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, losing in the first round of each. In April, Beck achieved her best WTA International result in Katowice, achieving her first career International-level semifinal, losing to world No. 13 Roberta Vinci. Beck then played the Premier tournament in Stuttgart, losing in the first round to world No. 8 Petra Kvitová.

At the French Open, Beck reached the second round before losing to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. She also reached round two at Wimbledon, losing to Klára Zakopalová in straight sets. However, at the US Open, she lost to Elena Vesnina in the first round.[9]

2014: First WTA titleEdit

 
Annika Beck in 2014

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.[10] At the Australien Open she defeated Croatian Petra Martić in the first round,[11][12] but lost to 14th seed Ana Ivanovic in the second.[13][14] At the French Open, she lost in the first round to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round in three sets.[15]

In October, Beck won her first WTA title by emphatically defeating Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the Luxembourg Open final.[16]

2015Edit

At the French Open, Beck defeated former world number two 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.[17][18] 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.[19] After early exits at Wimbledon and the US Open and her first WTA doubles title, Beck won her second WTA singles title at the Coupe Banque Nationale by beating Jelena Ostapenko (who had defeated her in their last meeting) in straight sets.

2016Edit

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 wild card 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.

2018Edit

On 21 October, Beck announced her retirement from professional tennis.[20]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2013 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg Hard (i)   Caroline Wozniacki 2–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Oct 2014 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg Hard (i)   Barbora Strýcová 6–2, 6–1
Loss 1–2 Jul 2015 Brasil Tennis Cup, Brazil 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

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2014 Generali Ladies Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Caroline Garcia   Raluca Olaru
  Anna Tatishvili
2–6, 1–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2015 Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianópolis Clay   Laura Siegemund   María Irigoyen
  Paula Kania
6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 1–2 Jul 2016 Swiss Open, Gstaad Clay   Evgeniya Rodina   Lara Arruabarrena
  Xenia Knoll
1–6, 6–3, [8–10]

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (7–3)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (4–3)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 22 November 2009 Équeurdreville, France Hard (i)   Constance Sibille 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 31 January 2010 Kaarst, Germany Hard (i)   Audrey Bergot 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 5 February 2012 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i)   Sarah Gronert 6–3, 2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 26 February 2012 Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Kirsten Flipkens 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 25 March 2012 Bath, Great Britain Hard (i)   Kiki Bertens 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 3. 8 July 2012 Versmold, Germany Clay   Anastasija Sevastova 6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 12 August 2012 Koksijde, Belgium Clay   Bibiane Schoofs 6–1, 6–1
Winner 5. 22 September 2012 Shrewsbury, Great Britain Hard (i)   Stefanie Vögele 6–2, 6–4
Winner 6. 28 October 2012 Ismaning, Germany Carpet (i)   Eva Birnerová 6–3, 7–6(10–8)
Winner 7. 4 November 2012 Barnstaple, Great Britain Hard (i)   Eleni Daniilidou 6–7(1–7), 6–2, 6–2

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' singlesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2012 French Open Clay   Anna Karolína Schmiedlová 3–6, 7–5, 6–3

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A 2R 2R 1R 4R 1R 5–5
French Open Q1 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 5–5
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 3–6
US Open Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–5
Win–Loss 0–1 3–4 1–4 2–4 8–4 0–4 14–21

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2–5
French Open 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2–5
Wimbledon 1R 1R Q2 2R A 1–3
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0–4
Win–Loss 0–4 2–4 1–3 1–4 1–2 5–17

Wins over top-10 playersEdit

Season 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total
Wins 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score Beck rank
2014
1.   Simona Halep No. 3 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass 2nd round 5–7, 3–2 ret. No. 55

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Annika Beck". kicker.de (in German).
  2. ^ "Annika Beck". ITF Tennis World Tour. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Annika Beck". WTA Tennis.
  4. ^ Krenz, David (2012). "Ein Tag im Leben von Annika Beck" (PDF). Nr. 1 / 2012 (in German). Girls Open. p. 32-37. Retrieved 16 May 2012. pg 16-18 of 53 in the PDF.
  5. ^ a b "Getting To Know... Annika Beck". Women's Tennis Association. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Liebfrauenschule, Bonn – Die Abiturientinnen 2011". General-Anzeiger Bonn (in German). 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Erfolgreiche Tennisspielerin – erfolgreiche Schülerin". Erzbischöfliche Liebfrauenschule Bonn (in German). 22 February 2010. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.kicker.de/news/tennis/ranglisten/2009/1/2862/tennis_spielersteckbrief_annika-beck.html
  9. ^ "Vesnina qualifiée". L'Équipe (in French). 27 August 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Beck chancenlos gegen Li Na". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 3 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Beck deklassiert Martic und steht in Runde zwei". Focus (in German). 13 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Beck verteilt die Höchststrafe". hr-online (in German). 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Youngster Beck zahlt Lehrgeld". Focus (in German). 15 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Beck zahlt Lehrgeld". hr-online (in German). 15 January 2014. Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  15. ^ "French Open: Beck als erster deutscher Profi ausgeschieden". Focus (in German). 25 May 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Annika Beck triumphiert in Luxemburg". Sportschau (in German). 18 October 2014. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Sloane Downs Venus, Aga Out Too". Women's Tennis Association. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  18. ^ Henkel, Doris (25 May 2015). "Annika Beck trumpft groß auf". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Nicht nur Kerber hat einen Lauf". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). 27 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  20. ^ "WTA: Annika Beck gibt Karriereende bekannt - Medizinstudium statt Tennis". tennisnet.com (in German). 21 October 2018.

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