Schmiedlova hammers Celik to end drought


Anna Karolina Schmiedlova claimed her first WTA Tour win since January on Monday, overcoming Susanne Celik in the first round of the Ericsson Open.

The Slovakian fifth seed ended her lengthy drought in emphatic fashion on the clay in Bastad, cruising to a 6-1 6-3 victory over wildcard and home hope Celik.

Speaking after the match, Schmiedlova said: "I'm really happy that I won because I lost, I don't know how many - I didn't count - maybe 15 matches in a row, so it's a special feeling and I'm very happy.

"It was a good match. She played well - I didn't know her very well as I hadn't played her - and I think she can be a good player. But I'm really happy that I won, even though I was a little bit nervous at the end.

"I've been playing better the past weeks. I also played well at Roland Garros - I lost against [Garbine] Muguruza, but it was three sets and I really felt good.

"Also last week [in Bucharest] I lost from match point up, so I've already played tough matches and maybe today I was a little bit more experienced than her at this level."

Karin Knapp emerged triumphant in the only other match of the day, overcoming Denisa Allertova 6-2 6-4.

But Knapp's next opponent remains unknown as the match between Mona Barthel and seventh seed Yaroslava Shvedova fell victim to the rain.