WTA Bad Gastein Open: Karin Knapp reaches her third semi-final of the season
Karin Knapp overwhelmed Annika Beck to advance to her third semi-final of the season at the WTA Bad Gastein Open.
Last Updated: 19/07/13 5:47pm
The Italian, who has already reached the last four in Slovakia and Colombia this year, crushed the promising youngster 6-0 6-1 at the clay-court even in Austria to avenge her straight sets loss in Nuremberg last month.
The 69th-ranked Knapp avoided break points and converted all five chances to break Beck's serve to set-up a showdown against home favourite Yvonne Meusburger.
Meusburger, who was coming off her second career final in Budapest last week, defeated Holland's Arantxa Rus 6-1 7-6 (1).
The 29-year-old failed to serve out the match at 5-4 before converting her first match point in the tiebreaker.
Meanwhile, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will take on first-time WTA semi-finalist Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic in the other semi-final.
Svitolina beat Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-3 6-0 to reach her second semi this season.
She impressed with six aces and saved all four break points, while Mayr-Achleitner converted just four points in her three service games in the second set.
In the day's other match, Hlavackova beat Austrian wild card Lisa-Maria Moser, 6-3 7-6 (4) despite the match being suspended for 30 minutes because of rain at 5-5 in the second set.
Hlavackova eventually wrapped up the win on her third match point in the tiebreaker.