Beck & Halep Make Budapest Quarters
Published July 10, 2013 12:01
BUDAPEST, Hungary - A day after the No.1 and No.2 seeds went down, a couple more seeds were eliminated, but Annika Beck and Simona Halep maintained their positions as the on-paper favorites at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Watch Palermo & Budapest this week on WTA Live powered by TennisTV!The fourth-seeded Beck only managed two games in her one previous encounter with Lucie Hradecka in Luxembourg last October, but on Wednesday down 3-2 in the first set won nine of the next 10 games en route to a 63 63 victory.
"We met once before and I lost pretty easily," Beck said. "It was time for revenge. I knew what I had to do. I tried to play aggressive, to have some variability in my game. I tried some drop shots and it worked out. I'm happy that I won."
Next up for Beck is Yvonne Meusburger, who down 4-2 in the third against No.5 seed Johanna Larsson won four straight games for a 36 64 64 triumph. The Austrian is now 3-1 in her series with Larsson, with the last three clashes having gone three sets.
"It was a very tough match," Meusburger said. "I think we both played pretty well. It was very tight in the end, but I was able to get through and I'm really happy to make the quarters here."
In fact, this is the first WTA event besides Bad Gastein in which Meusburger has reached a quarterfinal.
"I'm in the quarters now," Meusburger said. "I can play relaxed and hope that I can play the same level as today. I'll try my best again and have fun."
Halep recorded the biggest rout of the day, beating Agnes Bukta in 50 minutes, 61 61. The third-seeded Romanian never faced a break point while converting on 19 of her 21 first serve points for her 17th win in her last 20 WTA main draw matches.
Halep's quarterfinal opponent will be Timea Babos. The lone Hungarian left in the draw, Babos lost eight more points than she won against seventh-seeded Spaniard María-Teresa Torró-Flor but managed a 16 64 76(4) victory.
"Playing in front of the home crowd is always an amazing feeling," Babos said. "I think they helped me a lot to get through this match, especially after how I lost the first set today. María played unbelievably and I didn't even think I played that badly. It was a huge fight back, so I'm really happy to get through."
The match lasted two hours, 25 minutes - six minutes shorter than Babos' first round win on Tuesday against Aleksandra Krunic.
"I'm happy to have a day off, with only doubles tomorrow," Babos said. "The last two matches were ridiculously long and were really hard fights. I think if I play well it could be an interesting match. But obviously Simona is a great player and has had some unbelievable results in the last couple of months. I think I have nothing to lose. I will try to enjoy it and play my best."
Speaking of doubles, two teams are already into the semifinals, as top-seeded Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka and Natalie Grandin and Petra Martic won comfortably in the first round of the eight-team draw.