BASTAD, Sweden – No.8 seed Aleksandra Krunic cruised into the second round of the Swedish Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 victory over wildcard Caijsa Hennemann.
The WTA World No.113 navigated the opening five games of the match impressively, winning four of them, but suffered a minor blip on her own delivery as the Roland Garros junior quarterfinalist rescued one of the two breaks she was down.
Krunic, though, used her experience to see out the set and maintained that momentum into the second, dropping just three points as she moved into a 3-0 lead.
Hennemann was unable to convert a couple of consecutive break-back points in the fifth game as the match slipped away from her.
No.4 seed Mona Barthel, who won the title in 2014 and reached the final a year later, was another notable winner on Monday, coming from a set down to overcome Venezuela’s Andrea Gamiz, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in little over two hours.
Elsewhere, there were wins for No.3 seed Aliona Bolsova, who had succumbed to Coco Gauff in Wimbledon qualifying, Ekaterine Gorgodze and Danka Kovinic.