Mona Barthel of Germany returns a ball to Laura Arruabarrena of Spain during their semifinal Swedish Open match in Bastad, Sweden, on July 18, 2015. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
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July 18, 2015

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Defending champion Mona Barthel of Germany beat Lara Arruabarrena of Spain 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to line up a Swedish Open final against local hope Johanna Larsson.

Barthel, at No. 4 the highest-seeded player left after the withdrawal of Serena Williams on Thursday, completed a straightforward victory in one hour and 16 minutes.

Larsson beat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-2 to reach her third Bastad final. She lost to Slovenia's Polona Hercog in 2011 and Williams in 2013.

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