Larsson Beats Fellow Swede In Bastad

Johanna Larsson defeated Sofia Arvidsson to reach the second round of the Collector Swedish Open, while Lourdes Domínguez Lino won an all-Spanish affair.

Published July 15, 2013 12:01

Larsson Beats Fellow Swede In Bastad
Johanna Larsson

BASTAD, Sweden - Eighth-seeded Johanna Larsson disposed of a player she is quite familiar with, Sofia Arvidsson, in the first round of the Collector Swedish Open on Monday.

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Larsson converted on six of eight break point chances while saving six of seven on her own serve in her 61 61 triumph, which raised her record to 5-4 in her series with Arvidsson.

"I was trying to play heavy with some topspin deep in the court and put her on defense," Larsson said. "That was my game plan. I think I did that pretty well today."

Not only are Larsson and Arvidsson the WTA's two highest-ranked Swedes, they are also playing doubles together this week.

"I'm obviously very happy to be in the second round," Larsson said. "It's sad I had to play Sofia in the first round. But one of us had to win, and I'm happy that it was me."

Also cruising into the second round was No.5 seed Lourdes Domínguez Lino. She won 24 of her 29 first serve points and never faced a break point in her 61 62 defeat of Anabel Medina Garrigues, in the process snapping a five-match losing streak in her series with her fellow Spaniard.

Another Spaniard, seventh-seeded Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, was beaten by Virginie Razzano. The Frenchwoman overcame a set point down 5-2 in the first set and won 10 straight games from there en route to a 75 61 victory.

Qualifying play wrapped up, with Richel Hogenkamp, Anastasia Grymalska, Andrea Gámiz and Lesley Kerkhove all securing main draw berths.

Tuesday's schedule is highlighted by World No.1 Serena Williams taking on Sesil Karatantcheva. Competing in her first International-level event since Marbella in 2009 and her sixth overall, the American is seeking her first International title.

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