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Annika's Blog: Just Another Great Day

What did Annika Beck have to overcome to win her first match? What other Austrian city has she been to before? What dress did she choose for the player party? All the answers are right here.

Published July 16, 2013 12:00

Annika Beck

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hello again everybody :)

Well, it was a tough match against Shahar today. I had some problems with the conditions today - it was pretty hot and we're playing on an altitude, so you can't really control the ball all the time, and it was pretty tough for both players. And after the first set I had some nosebleeding - it was happening to me for the first time. We had a break for 10 minutes. After that she came back strong. I just tried to stay focused all the time and I'm happy that I was able to beat such a good player in two sets today.

I also had doubles later on today so in between I had to recover. So I went to the physio - that was pretty important for me because I was pretty tired after my match. And then I went to the cool pool, which was also very good for me. I also went and chose my dress for the player party, which was a lot of fun. The theme is the '70s. I have a day off tomorrow, so I'll have a lot of fun at the party.

And for those of you that are wondering, it's going to be a hippie costume... you'll see it tomorrow!

I've just come from my doubles match. It was great. It was my first time playing with Mona. We had some pretty tough opponents - Eleni and Kristina are pretty good doubles players - we didn't take our chances in the first set and lost it, 6-3, then we were 4-1 up in the second set and they came back to 4-4, but we broke them and won the set, 6-4. It was a bit sad we didn't have a good start in the match tie-break. We lost it, 10-4. But now we're really focused on doing well in the singles this week!

I told you yesterday this is my first time in Bad Gastein, but it's not my first time in Austria. I've been in Vienna once. I did some sightseeing there and it was pretty cool - they have some good facilities there too. So now I've been to two cities, and I hope I can visit some more of Austria in the future.

It was just another great day here. The view out of my room is still unbelievable, the mountains... I have a day off tomorrow and I'm planning on practicing a bit, and maybe seeing a bit of the city too...

I'll talk to you all again tomorrow!

Annika

I've heard you want to become a doctor - but now that you are in the Top 50 and improving so much, do you still want to become a doctor? Alice, France
Thank you for the question! I was thinking of studying on the side, but the life of a tennis player is so tough, and especially studying medicine on the side is probably too tough, so at the moment it's probably not possible. But it's still in my plans to do it one day, maybe after my tennis career.

Annika's Blog: Beautiful Bad Gastein 

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