Annika Beck (German pronunciation: [bɛk]; born 16 February 1994 in Gießen) is a retired German tennis player. She started playing tennis at age 4 when introduced to the game by her parents. A baseliner whose favorite shot is forehand, and favorite surface is hard, she was coached by Jacub Zahlava and Sebastian Sachs.
Beck at the 2015 Wimbledon
|Born||16 February 1994|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Retired||21 October 2018|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 37 (18 July 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2016)|
|French Open||3R (2015, 2016)|
|US Open||2R (2016)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 0 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 84 (18 July 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2014, 2017)|
|French Open||2R (2014, 2015)|
|US Open||1R (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)|
|Fed Cup||1R (2016), record 2–1|
Beck won two singles titles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour,  as well as seven singles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 18 July 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 37 and on the same date, she peaked at No. 84 in the doubles rankings.
Her father Johannes and her mother Petra teach chemistry at the University of Bonn.  Beck attended the Erzbischöfliche Liebfrauenschule Bonn, a school for girls, where she completed her Abitur in 2011.
Annika speaks German, English and Spanish, and relaxed between matches by playing violin. Her favourite tennis memory was winning the Junior 2012 French Open. 
Beck started 2012 ranked world No. 234. She played one ITF tournament in January, one in February, and three in March, where she was runner-up in Sunderland and Bath, and won in Moscow. In April and May, Beck played higher-level tournaments, but had to play qualifying rounds. She qualified for the main draw in Copenhagen and Prague, achieving the second round of the main draw at the latter. She lost in qualifying at the events in Stuttgart and Estoril, and at the French Open. She did, however, take part in the Junior French Open, defeating Anna Karolína Schmiedlová in the final in three sets.
Beck qualified for the Wimbledon, earning a place in the main draw, but lost in the first round. In July, earned a spot in the main draw of the WTA tournament in Båstad but did not progress past the first round. She also played two ITF tournaments, winning the $50,000 event in Versmold, and losing in the second round at the $100,000 event in Olomouc. In August, she won a $25,000 tournament in Koksijde, then played in qualifying for the US Open, losing in the first round.
In September, her rank had risen enough for her to earn direct entry into the main draw at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, Canada, where she got to the second round. She then won the Aegon GB Pro-Series Shrewsbury on the ITF Circuit. In October, she played two WTA events, but had to play qualifying rounds. She lost in the second round of qualifying at the Generali Ladies Linz, but won through to the main draw at the Luxembourg Open, winning her first-round match but losing to Lucie Hradecká in the second. Back on the ITF Circuit, she won the two $75,000 events in Ismaning and Barnstaple. By the end of 2012 she had improved her world ranking 156 places up to No. 78.
In 2013, Beck reached the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open, defeating the 4th seed Hsieh Su-wei in the second round. She then went on to win her first Grand Slam match at the Australian Open, shocking the 28th seed Yaroslava Shvedova in round one before going out to Ayumi Morita of Japan. Beck then played WTA main-tour events, with her ranking now giving direct entry into the main draw. She lost first round in Pattaya City and Memphis, but advanced to the second round in Florianópolis. Beck then played at the Premier tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, losing in the first round of each. In April, Beck achieved her best WTA International result in Katowice, achieving her first career International-level semifinal, losing to world No. 13 Roberta Vinci. Beck then played the Premier tournament in Stuttgart, losing in the first round to world No. 8 Petra Kvitová.
At the French Open, Beck reached the second round before losing to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. She also reached round two at Wimbledon, losing to Klára Zakopalová in straight sets. However, at the US Open, she lost to Elena Vesnina in the first round.
2014: First WTA titleEdit
Beck improved her previous year's result at the Shenzhen Open, this time reaching the semifinals, where she lost to Li Na in straight sets. At the Australien Open she defeated Croatian Petra Martić in the first round, but lost to 14th seed Ana Ivanovic in the second. At the French Open, she lost in the first round to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round in three sets.
At the French Open, Beck defeated former world number two Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round in three sets, becoming just the third player to defeat the Pole in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. In round two, she defeated another Pole in the person of qualifier Paula Kania to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. After early exits at Wimbledon and the US Open and her first WTA doubles title, Beck won her second WTA singles title at the Coupe Banque Nationale by beating Jelena Ostapenko (who had defeated her in their last meeting) in straight sets.
After early exits at the Shenzhen Open and the Hobart International, Beck reached the second week of a Grand Slam championship for the first time at the Australian Open, beating wildcard Priscilla Hon, No. 11 seed Timea Bacsinszky and Laura Siegemund en route. She then lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets. After that, Beck played for Germany in their Fed Cup tie against Switzerland and where she beat Bacsinszky once again. However, the win was not enough for them as Germany lost in the doubles match.
On 21 October, Beck announced her retirement from professional tennis.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2013||Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg||Hard (i)||Caroline Wozniacki||2–6, 2–6|
|Win||1–1||Oct 2014||Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg||Hard (i)||Barbora Strýcová||6–2, 6–1|
|Loss||1–2||Jul 2015||Brasil Tennis Cup, Brazil||Clay||Teliana Pereira||4–6, 6–4, 1–6|
|Win||2–2||Sep 2015||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||Carpet (i)||Jeļena Ostapenko||6–2, 6–2|
Doubles: 3 (1 title. 2 runner–ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2014||Generali Ladies Linz, Austria||Hard (i)||Caroline Garcia|| Raluca Olaru
|Win||1–1||Jul 2015||Brasil Tennis Cup, Brazil||Clay||Laura Siegemund|| María Irigoyen
|Loss||1–2||Jul 2016||Swiss Open, Switzerland||Clay||Evgeniya Rodina|| Lara Arruabarrena
|1–6, 6–3, [8–10]|
|Runner-up||1.||22 November 2009||Équeurdreville, France||Hard (i)||Constance Sibille||4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||31 January 2010||Kaarst, Germany||Hard (i)||Audrey Bergot||6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||2.||5 February 2012||Sunderland, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Sarah Gronert||6–3, 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||26 February 2012||Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Kirsten Flipkens||6–1, 7–5|
|Runner-up||3.||25 March 2012||Bath, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Kiki Bertens||4–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||8 July 2012||Versmold, Germany||Clay||Anastasija Sevastova||6–3, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||12 August 2012||Koksijde, Belgium||Clay||Bibiane Schoofs||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||5.||22 September 2012||Shrewsbury, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Stefanie Vögele||6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||28 October 2012||Ismaning, Germany||Carpet (i)||Eva Birnerová||6–3, 7–6(10–8)|
|Winner||7.||4 November 2012||Barnstaple, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Eleni Daniilidou||6–7(1–7), 6–2, 6–2|
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
|Winner||2012||French Open||Clay||Anna Karolína Schmiedlová||3–6, 7–5, 6–3|
Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit
Wins over top-10 playersEdit
|1.||Simona Halep||No. 3||Rosmalen, Netherlands||Grass||2nd Round||5–7, 3–2 ret.||No. 55|
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