It has been a difficult clay court season for Beck, who arrived in southern Germany on the back of first-round exits in Rabat, Madrid and Rome. However, spurred on by a partisan crowd, she came raring out of the traps before withstanding a late fightback to triumph, 6-0, 6-4.
"I think overall it was a very tough match," Beck said. "I felt good because it's kind of my home tournament and I used the atmosphere to help me and at the end I needed this because it was hard and a lot of fighting."
Having breezed through the opening set, Beck's progress was halted temporarily by an hour-long rain delay. "It's never easy to have a rain delay in between as you have to be ready all the time. You change, you cool down a bit and just try and stay focused for when you go back on court."
Also clearing the opening hurdle was Beck's fellow German and No.7 seed Anna-Lena Friedsam. Constant drizzle ensured conditions were far from ideal throughout the match, but Friedsam maintained her focus to run out a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Johanna Larsson.
"I played really well today. It was not easy conditions with the rain and the cold but I managed it really well," Friedsam said. "I tried to focus on my strengths and put her under pressure.
"It's not nice to play in this rain and cold, but I tried not to think about it, focus on my plan and this worked really well today."
Dampening the home crowd's spirits somewhat were defeats for Katharina Hobgarski and Tatjana Maria.