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Beck survives at Gastein Ladies

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BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP)

Second-seeded Annika Beck of Germany overcame 12 double-faults to beat Shahar Peer 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Gastein Ladies on Tuesday.

Beck, who earned a top-50 ranking for the first time this week after her fourth quarterfinal of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix, was broken four times but saved eight other break points.

Beck next plays Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, who defeated Dia Evtimova of Bulgaria 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Petra Martic of Croatia rallied to beat former champion Andrea Petkovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3. Martic will face Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in the second round. The Austrian defeated Tereza Mrdeza of Croatia 6-4, 6-3.

Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland held serve throughout to defeat No. 5 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-2 and set up a second-round match against Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic, who beat Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-3, 6-1.

In her first career WTA match, Austrian wild card Lisa-Marie Moser defeated Romania's Elena Bogdan 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 and will next play top-seeded Mona Barthel.

No. 6 Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa beat Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-4; Estrella Cabeza Candela of Spain defeated Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia 6-1, 6-3; Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beat Michaela Honcova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-2; and Alexandra Cadantu beat Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal 6-2, 6-4.

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