“We’ll be hearing a lot more from her” – beck aims for top 50

Andrea petkovic wanted to talk about her opponent rather than her skinny legs after her three-set powerhouse against annika beck.

"She is a huge talent and can still get so much more out of herself. We"ll be hearing a lot more from her," said the 25-year-old from darmstadt after reaching the semifinals of the nurnberg tennis tournament. Petkovic had to toil for two and a half hours on the sun-drenched center court in temperatures of around 30 degrees before she pressed her opponent against her at the net after the 4:6, 6:3, 7:5 victory and later showered her with plenty of compliments.

I think she is the fastest tennis player in the world," said schoolgirl kathrin. She is also a great contribution to our fed cup team and a great person," petkovic said about her opponent, who is six years younger than her. Annika beck is ranked 56th in the industry rankings, she could make it into the top 50 as early as next week – as the youngest of the players assembled there.

The daughter of two chemistry professors and eloquent A-level student impressed fans, experts and competitors not only at the premiere of the nurnberg insurance cup at the idyllic course on the valznerweiher pond. In 2012, the "19-year-old blonde tennis whirlwind," as bayerischer rundfunk dubbed beck, who is 1.70 meters tall according to official WTA statistics, won the junior women's competition at the french open in paris.

2013 is their first year on the pro tour. In april, beck reached her first WTA semifinal in katowice, poland; at the home tournament in stuttgart, she only lost after three sets to former wimbledon champion petra kvitova from the czech republic.

Even setbacks such as first-round defeats in strabburg or at the second-class ITF tournament in prague in may don't seem to make the 19-year-old doubt herself. "She has matured unbelievably both playfully and as a personality. She absorbs experiences, listens, observes very closely and manages to process these impressions for herself," national coach barbara rittner told the dpa news agency on friday. "She is exactly on the right track, i have a lot of confidence in her," the fed cup boss emphasized.

In february, rittner nominated the player with the powerful forehand and the steffi-graf legs ("i"ve heard that more than once now, that i have steffi"s legs") for the national team for the first time. "She has clearly made the jump from the talent team to the fed cup team," said rittner. Annika beck is leading the new german tennis generation after petkovic, angelique kerber, sabine lisicki, julia gorges& co. To. She regularly works with a mental coach "so as not to show my emotions to my opponent," beck revealed after her defeat by petkovic.

Her tournament summary then again revealed a lot about the person and the athlete beck. "This was a great success for me. I"m very pleased to have made it to the quarterfinals. But i"m also very happy for petko that she made it to the semifinals."

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