Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia returns to Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles match on day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Tim Ireland
July 18, 2016

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia won her first match on the main WTA Tour since January when she beat a local wild card in straight sets to start the Swedish Open on Monday.

Schmiedlova saw off Susanne Celik 6-1, 6-3 to end a run of 15 consecutive first-round defeats. It's the worst run of her pro career, which includes two titles last year.

In another first-round match, Karin Knapp of Italy defeated Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4.

Rain forced the late match between Germany's Mona Barthel and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova to be postponed to Tuesday.

No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber, who was coming off her second Grand Slam final appearance at Wimbledon, returns to Bastad after a four-year break. The top-seeded German drew Swedish wild card Cornelia Lister in the first round.

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