Beck, Meusburger, Rus reach Gasten Ladies quarterfinals

by: AP July 18, 2013

BAD GASTEIN, Austria -- Annika Beck of Germany rallied to beat Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Thursday and reach her fifth quarterfinal of the season at the Gastein Ladies.

The second-seeded Beck double-faulted five times in the opening set and saved 12 break points in total. She will play eighth-seeded Karin Knapp of Italy.

Also, 2007 finalist Yvonne Meusburger of Austria defeated third-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-3, 6-3. Meusburger, who reached the final in Budapast last week, converted seven of 10 break points.

Meusburger will play Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, who rallied from a set and a break down to beat Estrella Cabeza Candela of Spain 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beat sixth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 and will face Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in the last eight. Svilotina scored just four points against Scheepers' serve in the second set but broke her opponent four times in the decider.

Mayr-Achleitner became the third Austrian player after Meusburger and Lisa-Maria Moser to reach the quarterfinals by defeating Petra Martic of Croatia 6-4, 6-4.

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