Posted by: porschebahn | June 8, 2012

Porsche Talent Team Germany player in the girl’s singles final at the 2012 French Open

Porsche talent Annika Beck looking to win her first Grand Slam title

Stuttgart. Annika Beck is one step away from her biggest career success. The member of the Porsche Talent Team Germany has reached the final of the girls’ singles at the French Open in Paris after a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win against Anett Kontaveit from Estonia. The 18-year-old will now meet the Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova who beat Antonia Lottner in the second semifinal. Antonia Lottner is another promising junior belonging to the Porsche Talent Team Germany.

En route to her first Grand Slam final, Annika Beck, the No. 2 seed, encountered as little resistance in the round of the last four as she had done in her previous matches. Seeded No. 12, Anett Kontaveit was no real test for the German who has impressed with her consistency in Paris. In the second semifinal, Antonia Lottner, made her opponent fight hard, especially in the first set. The experienced Anna Schmiedlova eventually edged the set 7-5 before cruising through the second 6-1. To go so far as an unseeded player at her first Grand Slam tournament was an exceptional performance for the German youngster, who is aged just 15.

German national coach Barbara Rittner was also highly impressed. “It was a fantastic performance from Antonia to get through qualifying and then to go so far. She has surprised us all,” said the captain of the Porsche Team Germany that competes in the Fed Cup. She, on the other hand, was confident Annika Beck would make it to the final saying, “Her performances over the whole week in Paris have shown that she’s in top form. Though she had to fight her own expectations, she has stood up to the pressure in excellent fashion. A win in the final would be a wonderful farewell from the junior ranks and give her a great deal of confidence for the future.”

Within the framework of the Premium Partnership between Porsche AG and the German Tennis Association (DTB), four up-and-coming German youngsters are supported within the Porsche Talent Team Germany. In addition to Annika Beck and Antonia Lottner the others are Carina Witthöft and Dinah Pfizenmaier, who in Paris sensationally qualified for the main draw of the women’s singles where she got through to the second round.

In the Tennis Legends competition at the French Open, Anke Huber has missed out on a spot in the final. Playing alongside her Austrian doubles partner, the operating tournament director of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix lost 6-4, 6-3 to the former world No. 1s Martina Hingis (Switzerland) and Lindsay Davenport (USA).

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