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Yvonne Meusburger of Austria reached her second straight WTA final by defeating Karin Knapp of Italy 6-4, 6-3 at the Gastein Ladies on Saturday.
Meusburger, who was beaten by Romania's Simona Halep for the title in Budapest last week, will play either Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic or Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.
In her third career final, Meusburger is looking for her first title. She also reached the final of the 2007 Gastein Ladies but lost to Francesca Schiavone.
The 86th-ranked Meusburger broke Knapp in the opening game but missed two chances to go 4-1 up. After four consecutive breaks, Meusburger held serve at 5-4.
The Austrian failed to serve out the match at 5-2 but broke Knapp immediately after when the Italian ended the match with two double faults.
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Annika Beck of Germany rallied to beat Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and reach her fifth quarterfinal of the season at the Gastein Ladies on Thursday.
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...
Karin Knapp of Italy routed second-seeded Annika Beck of Germany 6-0, 6-1 at the Gastein Ladies on Friday to reach her third semifinal of the season.
The 69th-ranked Knapp didn't face a break point and converted all five chances to break Beck's serve. Beck had beaten Knapp in straight sets in Nuremberg last month.
Knapp, who also reached the semis in Slovakia and Colombia...
NÜRNBERGER GASTEIN LADIES Bad Gastein, Austria July 15-21, 2013 $235,000/International Red Clay/Outdoors Results – Friday, July 19, 2013 Singles – Quarterfinals (8) Karin Knapp (ITA) d. (2) Annika Beck (GER) 60 61 Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 61 76(1) Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. (WC) Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 63 60 Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) d. [...]
Top-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany pulled out with a shoulder injury while trailing 6-2, 4-3 to the 725th-ranked Lisa-Maria Moser in the second round of the Gastein Ladies on Wednesday.
Playing in her first WTA event, Moser broke twice to take the opening set and the Austrian wildcard was a break up in the second when the 31st-ranked Barthel withdrew.
Barthel, who was looking to...