BAD GASTEIN, Austria - No.2 seed Annika Beck escaped the rash of upsets that has stricken the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies with a second round triumph on Thursday, but a couple of other seeds weren't as fortunate.
Beck had to fight out of a 62 42 hole, winning four straight games to capture the second set and never trailing in the third set of her 26 64 64 victory over Mandy Minella. The 19-year-old German had to be treated for a nosebleed for the second straight match but nonetheless is now into her third quarterfinal in her last five WTA events.
"It was a tough one," Beck said. "I was down a set and a break and I had to take a medical timeout because my nose was bleeding. I don't know how that happened, but it could be because of the altitude. I hope it doesn't come back tomorrow.
"Mandy played a great match. She had good tactics. I made too many easy mistakes, but I tried to find my rhythm and eventually I did. I'm pretty happy I came out on top."
This is Beck's first tournament as a Top 50 player. If she can get past eighth-seeded Karin Knapp in a match-up featuring the only two seeds left in the draw, she will match her best WTA result - a semifinal showing at Katowice in April.
Thursday's two upsets saw Elina Svitolina beat sixth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers, 75 16 61, to reach her first WTA quarterfinal, and Yvonne Meusburger defeat third-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu, 63 63. Meusburger's win was not a huge a surprise, though, considering she recorded a 60 60 triumph in her first round match on Wednesday. On top of that, she has now made the quarterfinals of this event every year she has played it dating back to 2007 - when she was runner-up.
Svitolina takes on 2011 Bad Gastein runner-up Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in Friday's quarterfinals, and Meusburger squares off with Arantxa Rus, who after tying the WTA record with 17 straight losses has now won two straight matches for the first time since Wimbledon in 2012. Neither of Rus' latest wins have been easy, though, as two days after a tight three set win over María-Teresa Torró-Flor, she was down 75 30 against another Spaniard, Estrella Cabeza Candela, before rallying for a 57 75 63 victory.