After a busy first day of Qualifying on Saturday, the on-court action continued in the Porsche Arena today as 16 players fought for their spot on the Qualifying finals on Monday.
Lots of spectators finished their easter egg hunting duties early, leaving them plenty of time to roam the impressive facilities and catch some exciting qualifying matches.
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The local fans got plenty to be excited about as Annika Beck successfully made it into the Qualifying finals, getting past Eva Birnerova in a rollercoaster-type three-setter that saw the momentum shift several times.
Also through to the next round is Mona Barthel, the former world #23 continues to bounce back from a rocky start into her season, overcoming 17-year old Antonia Lottner in two swift sets. Lottner, considered to be one the biggest talents in German tennis, is still rebounding from a lengthy injury that sidelined the French Open Juniors finalist for more than six months.
Other victorious players include Katerina Vankova, Daria Marcinkevica & Ajla Tomljanovic who remained victorious over American Sachia Vickery in three sets.
The biggest upset was saved for the end of the day as world #221 Gioia Barbieri stunned Tsvetana Pironkova with a remarkable two-set performance that allowed the Bulgarian as little as four games combined.
The final eight qualifiers will face off tomorrow to decide which four players will join the star-studded main draw lineup. The first MD match of the week will kick off at 8pm as former #1 Caroline Wozniacki has the privilege to open the main part of the tournament against Kaia Kanepi.
Women’s Tennis Blog will of course continue to be close to the action all week, giving you an exclusive inside look into the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix!