October 5, 2015

Yanina Wickmayer and Annika Beck Claim WTA Titles This week

Yanina Wickmayer

Yanina Wickmayer


(September 20, 2015) Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium and Germany’s Annika Beck won WTA titles on Sunday.

The No. 86 Wickmayer rallied to beat No. 84 Magda Linette of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Japan Open for her fourth career WTA trophy. Wickmayer’s last tournament win came in New Zealand in 2010.

In taking the title in Tokyo, the Belgian told WTAtennis.com:

“A lot has happened – it’s been five years,” Wickmayer said. “There have been some injuries, but those are just a part of the job, and part of the career. And the level of the tour has been growing as well – there’s a lot of tough players out there. It’s much tougher to win a tournament these days.

“But going through all of the hard work and tough moments makes winning a lot more special.”

“It feels great. It’s amazing to win my fourth WTA title. It’s been a while since my third one, so it feels very good to lift a trophy up again after a few years. I’m very happy and very excited about it.”

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Doubles – Finals

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d [WC] M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN) 61 62


Fifth seed Annika Beck was victorious in Quebec City for her second career WTA crown, defeating Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Beck knocked out defending champion and second seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the semifinals.

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SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2015

Singles – Finals

[5] A. Beck (GER) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 62 62

Doubles – Finals

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / A. Mestach (BEL) d [3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) 46 63 12-10


Beck Wins Luxembourg Open, First-Ever WTA Title

(October 18, 2014) Annika Beck became the 14th player on the WTA Tour to win her first title in 2014. The 20-year-old German ranked 60th in the world defeated the fourth seed, Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the final of the Luxembourg Open 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday. Beck did not drop a set on her way to her fist title.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win my first WTA title,” Beck said. “I played the final last year and I said I’d do anything to win the title this year, and it’s an unbelievable feeling to actually do it. I enjoyed every moment I had on the center court. It’s really exciting.”

Beck broke her opponent’s serve seven times in the 93-minute match.

“I’m sad today, but overall it was a great, great week,” said the runner-up. “I was playing well this week. I had my chances today too – unfortunately I couldn’t take them, but this is sport.”


Junior Roland Garros Champion Annika Beck is Learning to Adapt to the WTA Tour

By Barbara Galiza


(February 27, 2013) FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil – Ten months ago, Annika Beck was lifting the junior version of the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, having just won the girls’ singles’ Roland Garros title. Now, at 19, after a fast adaptation to the professional tour, the German is already ranked 66th in the world: the fifth youngest player inside the top 100.


“Sometimes it was difficult for me to understand why it was going so fast. I didn’t recognize (what was happening) and, at times, thought it was all too big for me”, said Beck. “ Last year I played a lot on the ITF circuit. It’s why I’m working on the mental aspect with my coach. I’m still accepting that, with my ranking, I am now a player on the WTA tour.”


Beck took part in the brand new WTA Florianópolis this week, as one of the favourites for the title. She was the 8th seed but was upset by Jana Cepelova, still in the second round, in a match with 13 breaks of serve. Instead of being frustrated by the early loss, the German displayed her full potential by showing maturity. As a 19-year-old just starting on the tour, she stated that her current focus should be on learning and improving, not necessarily winning:


“It’s tougher to play (in the WTA) and you have to take your experience, and learn, from every match. If you stay calm, accept you can lose matches, you can take advantage of that. Next week you’ve got another chance.”


Because of her young age and height, 5’7”, Beck is lovingly called “die kleine” (the kid, in German) by her country’s players. Being considered small for today’s tennis, the 19 year-old understands she can’t have a game based solely on consistency to succeed on tour nowadays.


“I want to change my game to have more weapons to choose from. Tall ones have got a big advantage for serve and groundstrokes. But I’m not the tallest one so I have got to find solutions to beat, someday, a Sharapova or a Williams”, she analysed. “I need to attack more, to go to the net, to mix it up a bit to win those matches. I was always successful with my game in juniors, but now I lose more. I have to get out of my comfort zone”.


Beck represented Germany in Fed Cup for the first time in her career this year, taking part in an away tie against France. She had the opportunity to play alongside her country’s top players, such as Julia Goerges (27th in the rankings) and Sabine Lisicki (37th).


“They’ve won so many tournaments and they help showing you the way to the top. Playing in Fed Cup was a great time for me, it lets me get used to that high level. I ask them many questions about WTA rules and tournaments I don’t know. I hope I can play again (in the next tie against Serbia) in Stuttgart.”


Barbara Galiza is a journalist from Rio de Janeiro and is covering the WTA tennis tournament in  Florianópolis, Brazil as media in  for Tennis Panorama. She likes tennis and writing. Sometimes she blogs, most of the time she tweets. – @fiercetennis. Follow her updates on @TennisNewsTPN.