57th ranked Annika Beck (Player Bio) of Germany is just nineteen years old and played her in first WTA final at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open on Sunday afternoon. Facing her across the net was top seed and world number nine, Caroline Wozniacki (Player Bio).
The two had not played each other in the past. Beck struggled for more than three hours in her quarter final match against Katarzyna Piter, but was only on court for about an hour in her semi as her opponent, Stephanie Voegele, retired with a thigh injury after one game in the second set when trailing 5-7 0-1. Wozniacki also had a tough three setter in the quarters against Bojana Jovanovski which lasted over two hours, then had an easier one and a quarter hour straight sets win over Sabine Lisicki in the semis, so both players had a lot of tennis under their respective belts.
Beck got the match under way and immediately broke Wozniacki’s serve in a long first game, but the Dane broke straight back. Having got to 2-2, the Dane broke away to take a 5-2 lead with Beck serving to stay in the set. She broke the German for the last time to take the set 6-2 in 45 minutes. Wozniacki started the second set and games went with serve until the sixth game when the Dane broke to take a 4-2 lead. She then held and, as in the first set, Beck had to serve to stay in the match, but Wozniacki make no errors and broke yet again to take the set at 6-2 for her first title of the year.