Min Bounces Pavlyuchenkova From Bastad

Grace Min, who reached her first WTA semifinal last week in Bad Gastein, scored the best win of her career Monday over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Bastad.

Published July 14, 2014 12:15

Min Bounces Pavlyuchenkova From Bastad
Grace Min

BASTAD, Sweden - Fresh off the best week of her career, 20-year-old American Grace Min recorded the best win of her career over second-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round of the Collector Swedish Open on Monday.

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Min converted on all three of her break points as she cruised through the first set, and then facing a 4-2 second set deficit reeled off four straight games to finish off her 6-0, 6-4 victory over World No.23 and six-time WTA titlist Pavlyuchenkova. Her previous best win came via retirement over World No.31 Tamira Paszek at Charleston in 2013.

"I was able to draw a lot of confidence from last week and bring it over here," Min said. "I played pretty solid and I didn't make many errors and she made a few more. That was really the difference. I made more balls than her."

Just last week, Min made her first WTA semifinal in Bad Gastein, where she fell to eventual champion Andrea Petkovic in a tight three-setter. She had never before been beyond the second round of a WTA event and came into Bastad ranked a career-high No.114.

"This is my first time here, and it's amazing," Min said. "We had the mountains in Bad Gastein and now the beach here. It's a pretty cool turnaround."

Others winning their openers on Monday were Lara Arruabarrena, Chanelle Scheepers and Jana Cepelova, who came back from 4-2 down in the second set of her 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Swedish wildcard Rebecca Peterson - in the process snapping a seven-match losing streak.

Securing main draw berths with qualifying wins were Anett Kontaveit, Tereza Martincova, Laura Siegemund, Yulia PutintsevaRichel Hogenkamp and Gabriela Dabrowski.

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