Beck cruises past Pereira into second round


There were no surprises in the first round of the Nurnberger Versicherungscup on Monday as Annika Beck eased through.

Beck, seeded third, made short work of Teliana Pereira, progressing with a 6-0 6-4 win over the Brazilian.

Fellow home hope Anna-Lena Friedsam joined Beck in the second round as the seventh seed beat Johanna Larsson 6-3 6-4, while eighth seed Yulia Putintseva needed two hours and 21 minutes to overcome qualifier Olga Fridman 6-7 (0-7) 6-2 7-5.

Christina McHale also came from a set down to beat Nao Hibino and Mariana Duque-Marino got the better of Carina Witthoft in three sets.

Elsewhere in the draw there were wins for Varvara Lepchenko, Kiki Bertens and Polona Hercog.