BASTAD, Sweden — Fourth-seeded Annika Beck beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the Stockholm Open on Tuesday, and turn the page on a shock defeat in Switzerland last week.
The German player came through a difficult first match since losing to world No.797 Rebeka Masarova in the Ladies Championship Gstaad.
"It was quite a tough match. I expected it, because Sorana is a great player and she had some great results on clay this year," Beck said. "It was the first time I ever played her, but I got some tactics off my coach and I knew what to do."
Second-seeded Sara Errani of Italy beat Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey 6-2, 6-3 and Laura Siegemund of Germany defeated Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine 6-1, 6-2.
In other first-round matches, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated third-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-2, and seventh-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan retired with a back injury in the third set to give Mona Barthel of Germany a 4-6, 6-3, 3-0 win.
In an all-Swedish contest, eighth-seeded Johanna Larsson beat Rebecca Peterson 7-6 (3), 6-2, and in a Baltic clash Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia defeated Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-2, 6-4
Julia Goerges of Germany ousted Polona Hercog of Slovenia, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 and Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland beat Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Lucie Hradecka, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Lara Arruabarrena and Katerina Siniakova also advanced.