Konjuh upsets Beck at Limoges Open
LIMOGES, France (AP) — Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh rallied to beat fourth-seeded Annika Beck 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday in the first round of the inaugural Limoges Open, part of the WTA 125K series.
Konjuh hit 7 aces in a nearly two-hour match featuring 10 breaks of serve.
Regarded as one of the most promising young talents, the 16-year-old Konjuh has improved to 90th in the WTA rankings from 274th at the end of last season.
The sixth-seeded Alison Van Uytvank of Belgium also progressed to the second round after routing Italian qualifier Gioia Barbieri 6-0, 6-1.
In an all-French encounter, wild-card entry Oceane Dodin ousted eighth-seeded Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Tournaments in the WTA 125K series are a step below full tour level.