Bastad, Sweden (Sports Network) - Second-seeded German Julia Goerges and
third-seeded Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues were among Tuesday's first-round
winners at the $220,000 Swedish Open.
Goerges slammed Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-2, while Medina
Garrigues grounded promising British teenager Laura Robson, a wild card this
week, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) on the red clay at Bastad Tennis Stadium.
Meanwhile, Sweden's own Sofia Arvidsson ousted fourth-seeded Italian Roberta
Vinci 6-4, 7-5.
In other action involving seeds, No. 5 Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
leveled Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-2, 6-2 and No. 6 Czech Klara
Zakopalova overcame German qualifier Annika Beck 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Reigning Bastad champion Polona Hercog continued her winning ways at this
event with a 7-5, 7-5 decision against Russian Alexandra Panova. The Slovenian
Hercog beat Sweden's own Johanna Larsson in last year's finale.
Hercog will encounter Goerges in a second-round affair on Wednesday.
Other Day-2 wins came for Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko, Dutchwoman Arantxa
Rus, Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque Marino,
Israeli Shahar Peer, and Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa.
This week's top seed, Sara Errani, will open her Bastad stay against France's
Mathilde Johansson on Wednesday. The surprise French Open runner-up is fresh
off her clay-court title in Palermo in her native Italy last week.
The 2012 Bastad champion will earn $37,000.
The Sports Network