Annika Beck

Annika Beck (German pronunciation: [bɛk]; born 16 February 1994)[2] 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.

Annika Beck
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Beck at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Germany
ResidenceBonn
Born (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 26)
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 Cup2–1

Beck won two singles titles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour,[3] 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.

Early 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]

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 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.

2013Edit

 
Beck at the 2013 US Open

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.[8] Beck then went on to win her first Grand Slam match at the Australian Open, upsetting 28th seed Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round.[9] She was defeated in the second round by Ayumi Morita.[10]

In Thailand at the Pattaya Open, Beck lost in the first round to Varatchaya Wongteanchai.[11] At the U.S. Indoor Championships in Tennessee, Beck was defeated in the first round by eventual champion Marina Erakovic.[12] Seeded eighth at the Brasil Tennis Cup, Beck lost in the second round to Jana Čepelová.[13] In Indian Wells, Beck was defeated in the first round by Kiki Bertens.[14] At the Sony Open, Beck lost in the first round to Urszula Radwańska.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] At the Australian Open, she defeated Petra Martić in the first round,[19][20] but lost to 14th seed Ana Ivanovic in the second.[21][22] At the French Open, she lost in the first round to Tsvetana Pironkova, in three sets.[23]

In October, Beck won her first WTA Tour title by defeating Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the Luxembourg Open final.[24]

2015Edit

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.[25][26] 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.[27] 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.

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 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.

2017Edit

Beck's season started in January at the ASB Classic. She lost in the first round to Naomi Osaka.[28] In Hobart at the Hobart International, Beck was defeated in the first round by top seed Kiki Bertens.[29] At the Australian Open, Beck lost in the first round to Australian wildcard Ashleigh Barty.[30]

In Russia at the St. Petersburg Trophy, Beck upset seventh seed Kiki Bertens in the first round.[31] She was defeated in the second round by eventual finalist Yulia Putintseva.[32] At the Qatar Open, Beck lost in the final round of qualifying to Camila Giorgi.[33] Seeded eighth at the Hungarian Open, Beck reached the quarterfinal round where she fell to Carina Witthöft.[34] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Beck was defeated in the first round by Madison Brengle.[35] Playing in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open, Beck beat former world No. 5, Eugenie Bouchard, in the first round.[36] She lost in the second round to 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic.[37] At the Miami Open, Beck was defeated in the first round by Christina McHale.[38]

Beginning her clay-court season in Charleston at the Volvo Car Open, Beck lost in the second round to fifth seed and 2011 champion, Caroline Wozniacki.[39]

2018Edit

On 21 October, Beck announced her retirement from professional tennis.[40]

WTA career finalsEdit

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

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (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 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

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (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 Linz Open, 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 Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 10 (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 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

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 Rd Score Beck rank
2014
1.   Simona Halep No. 3 Rosmalen Championships Grass 2R 5–7, 3–2 ret. No. 55

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