BAD GASTEIN, Austria - Yanina Wickmayer avoided becoming the latest big name casualty at the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies on Thursday when she edged past Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and into the quarterfinals.
After Julia Goerges' shock first round exit on Tuesday, Wickmayer is the highest ranked player left in the tournament, but was given a stern examination by last year's runner-up Mayr-Achleitner. Buoyed by a partisan home crowd, Mayr-Achleitner made a fast start and, despite relinquishing an early service break, held set points at 5-4 and 6-5.
However, she was punished for failing to convert any of her three chances for the set, when Wickmayer pinched it on a tie-break. The second set was another case of missed opportunities, as the Austrian saw four break points come and go before dropping serve in the penultimate game to slip to a 76(4) 63 defeat.
Prior to this week, Scholl had never won a match at a WTA event, but she has certainly not looked out of her depth in the Austrian mountains, dropping just one set in four qualifying and main draw matches. The latest, and most impressive, victory came against No.6 seed Irina-Camelia Begu, who she saw off, 63 64.
"I'm very happy that I won this match," Minella said. "I played really good. Earlier in the week it was quite humid and slow, but today it was drier and I took advantage of this and I'm pleased with how aggressive I played."