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July 23, 2016

Siegmund vs Siniakova in the final

The finals at Ericsson Open are set.

Defending champion Johanna Larsson lost her semifinal against 20-year old rising star Katerina Siniakova in two straigt sets, 7-5, 6-1.
 
- She’s got a really strong straight backhand and she got me where she wanted. My tactics was to try to push her and stay on her forehand. Since she stands so close to the baseline it’s important to have sufficient depth but I did not manage that to day, said Larsson.
 
Siniakova will play her first WTA final on Sunday. And she will face 28-year old Laura Siegmund who defeated Julia Goerges. After 4-6, 6-3 and 4-0 Goerges retired in due to a leg injury.
 
In the doubles final Lesley Kerkhove (NED) and Lidziya Marozava (BLR) will take on Andreea Mitu (ROM) and Alicija Rosolska (POL)
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July 21, 2016

Kerber withdraws due to elbow injury

Angelique Kerber won’t be able to continue the Ericsson Open. The elbow pain that bothered her during the Lister match on Wednesday is still there despite intense treatment.

-       I’m really sorry, this is one of the nices tournamnets and I really love playing here. That makes this decision extra tough but I have to put my health first, says the wolrd no 2.
 
Kerber had a light practice this morning and the elbow did not affect her ground strokes but the serve.
 
-       It really affects my serve as you all could see yesterday. It’s a new type of pain that I have not had before.

Lara Arruabarrena advances to the Singles QF by walkover.

July 20, 2016

Knapp through to the last 16, Barthel out

The Båstad champion from 2014, Mona Barthel is out. The 26-year old German lost to Italian Karin Knapp in straight sets. In fact Barthel was without a chans in the first, 6-0 to Knapp. In the second the German started fighting back but did not manage to disturb the Italian who showed a much more aggressive play. In the quarter-final Knapp will face the winner of Julia Goerges and Bethaine Mattek-Sands

July 19, 2016

Second day report

Record spectators gathered around the center court in the sun to watch Johanna Larsson vs Rebecca peterson

106-ranked american Barbora Mattek-Sands today won her first singlematch in a WTA-tournament since april when she shocked world No. 21 and No. 3 seed Kiki Bertens in the first round of Ericsson Open in Bastad, Sweden. Mattek-Sands won their first meeting 7-5, 6-2 and will now face Julia Goerges.

Mona Barthel – champion 2014 and finalist last year – was leading set 3-0 in third set when No.7 seed Yaroslava Shvedova was forced to retire with a back injury.

Former French Open-finalist Sara Errani defeated in the first match on the centrecourt Cagla Byukakcay 6-2, 6-3 and over 6000 spectator saw titledefending homefavorite Johanna Larsson defeat Rebecca Peterson who last year reached quarterfinal in Bastad.

Last week Annicka Beck lost in Gstaad to 797-ranked (!) Rebeka Masarova. Today Beck played consistent and secured a place in secound round with a 7-5 7-5-win against Sorana Cirstea.

July 18, 2016

Schmiedlova through to the 2d round

Schmiedlova defeated Swedish Celik in two straight sets

In Ericsson Open in Båstad Anna Karolina Schmiedlova today won her first match in a WTA-tournament since january.

I lost some confidence when I lost some matches in the beginning of the year, So I´m very happy that I broke the long period of losses, says Schmiedlova after defeating 153-ranked homefavorite Susanne Celik 6-1 6-3.

 I have a little more experience than her and it helped me today, says 53-ranked Schmiedlova who plays Jana Cepelova or Elizaveta Kulichkova (both qualifiers) in the second round.

July 16, 2016

Johanna Larsson - Best of the North

Johanna Larsson is not only the highest ranked Swedish player in the world - now she is the highest ranked Nordic player.

We will find Johanna Larsson ranked 55 while Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, has dropped 15 spots and is now No 60 on the WTA world ranking.

Larsson, defending champion at the Ericsson Open, reached the quarter-finals in Gstaad and is the biggest Swedish hope for the coming tournament in Båstad.

This year Larsson will be joined by at least three other Swedish players in the Main Draw. Rebecca Peterson, Susanne Celik and Cornelia Lister.

July 07, 2016

Former world no1 Jelena Jankovic to Ericsson Open

Another great name is set for the Ericsson Open entry list.

Jankovic will join reigning Australian Open Champion and world no4 Angelique Kerber along with defending champion Johanna Larsson to play Ericsson Open in Båstad 17–24 of July.

”I’m very excited to play in Båstad for the rst time. I have heard so many great things about the tournament, so I am very much looking forward to participate this year, says Jankovic”.

The 31-year old Serbian who has 15 WTA-titles to her name was ranked world no1 in 2008.

”Tournament Director Nina Wennerström is pleased by the fact that another former world no1 will play in Båstad. Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki has both played here be- fore and with Jelena Jankovic we keep that great tradition alive. Having such a class play- er as Jelena manifests the fact that Ericsson Open is a special tournament and Båstad is a unique venue that attracts the best players.

July 06, 2016

Former world no1 Jelena Jankovic to Ericsson Open

Another great name is set for the Ericsson Open entry list.

Jankovic will join reigning Australian Open Champion and world no4 Angelique Kerber along with defending champion Johanna Larsson to play Ericsson Open in Båstad 17–24 of July.

”I’m very excited to play in Båstad for the rst time. I have heard so many great things about the tournament, so I am very much looking forward to participate this year, says Jankovic”.

The 31-year old Serbian who has 15 WTA-titles to her name was ranked world no1 in 2008.

”Tournament Director Nina Wennerström is pleased by the fact that another former world no1 will play in Båstad. Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki has both played here be- fore and with Jelena Jankovic we keep that great tradition alive. Having such a class play- er as Jelena manifests the fact that Ericsson Open is a special tournament and Båstad is a unique venue that attracts the best players.

July 06, 2016

Kerber reaches last four in Wimbledon

 World no 4, Angelique Kerber is through to the semis in Wimbledon

 I've had a fantastic year so far and played the best tennis of my career, says the 28-year old German after straight sets win, 7-5, 7-6 against Simona Halep.

This is the first year Kerber reaches two Grand Slam semis and together with Dominika Cibulkova she's the most victorious player on the WTA Tour with 33 wins.

July 05, 2016

Shedova surprice ahead of Båstad

She's the last to make the cut in the Ericsson Open and this years big surprice in Wimbledon

 Yaroslava Shvedova, ranked 96 in the world is through to the quarterfinals in Wimbledon.

The 28-year-old from Kazakhstan was the sole player outside the top 50 in the round of 16. She has only dropped one set getting there and she will face Venus Williams.

Born i Russia, Shvedova has over her long career had far greater sucess in doubles compared to singles. She has two Grand Slam titles in doubles to her name along with 11 other titles one of which is in singles, from Bangalore 2007.

Nevertheless, quarter finals in Roland Garros 2010 and 2012 signals great capacity in singles as well. Shvedova have on two previous occasions reached the last 16 on the grass in Wimbledon.

This years Wimbledon achievement tunes up the expectations prior to her arrival in Båstad




June 29, 2016

Free entrance to world class tennis

June 27, 2016

Only 20 days remains to Ericsson Open

Over the next two weeks will we see which of the Bastad-players who are the hottest

Time for Wimbledon.
And maybe time for Angelique Kerbers second Grand Slam-title?

Worlds No.4 makes her ninth Wimbledon start, was in the semifinals four years ago and can now serve without pain which  was not the case in French Open.

"I mean, the time after Paris, few days going home, having a lot of treatments for my shoulder and everything, that was good for me like mentally, physically, everything, to get this time, getting a little bit down. Right now I'm feeling good, so the shoulder is already much better. Yeah, no pain when I'm serving”, says Kerber.

Her exit in first round on Roland Garros was disappointing but also meant that she got more time to prepare for Wimbledon.

"Of course after few days, I was disappointed still. But, to be honest, I was not watching Paris from this moment. I was going home, I was taking my time off, because it was a lot in the last few months. I was trying to take these days just for myself, spending the time at home, then trying to be ready also mentally and physically with my shoulder to going on court, yeah, going there and giving again everything.

So I just saw a little bit the final, but that was it. I know from Paris, I just know that it was raining the whole week. This is what I know."

Kerber is allround and says she likes to play on grass.
I mean, it's always nice to have a few tournaments on grass of the year. It's always something different. On grass, the rallies are not so long as on clay and also on hard.

I like to have the short rallies, or, like, also to going for it. What is really important on grass is the serve and the return. That's the two shots, they are really important. This is what I like. I don't dislike grass, so it's always good on grass for me”, says Kerber who plays Laura Robson in the first round.

April 08, 2016

Sara Errani to Ericsson Open

There will be fierce competition in Ericsson Open this summer as Sara Errani enters the draw

The Italian is right now number 20 in the world. She's well known as a clay court specialist and has no less than 9 WTA titles to her name.

"We're so happy to be able to welcome Sara Errani to Ericsson Open. She's a top international who won the tournament in Dubai this year. She's a true fighter and has a grand slam final experience and I'm sure she'll be one of there serious contenders for the Ericsson Open title, says Tournament Director Nina Wennerström."

March 11, 2016

World number two, Angelique Kerber to Ericsson Open

The Australian Open Champion will return to Båstad this summer to play Ericsson Open. Last time the 28 year old from Bremen played in Båstad was 5 years ago.

"My memories from Båstad are great audience, a very well organized tournament in a beautiful surroundings with the hotel arena integrated in the arena which is a very attractive feature for us who play. It’s not very far from where i come and I really look forward to come and play great tennis in Båstad.”

December 21, 2015

Ericsson new title partner in Båstad

The WTA players stil loves Båstad and Ericsson is the new title partner

Christer Hult, managing director at Lagardère Sports tennis and golf division received the news that Swedish Open Women, in competition with 21 other events on the WTA Tour has been voted the best tournament in 2015 by the players.

”Congratulations on winning this prestigious award, voted on by the WTA players.

The players continuously praise the relaxed and festive atmosphere that your event presents to them and their fans, Steve Simon, CEO WTA”.

“Given the fact that our entire team works so hard all year to make Swedish Open Women the best experience for players, partners and fans, winning this award is off course very satisfying for the whole group, says Christer Hult”.

Lagardère Sports also announces that long time partner Ericsson will step up their commitment to Swedish Open Women and become the new title partner. The agreement between Ericsson and Lagardère means that the tournaments new name will be Ericsson Open.

“We’ve been working on this for quite some time and I must say it’s a unique agreement in which Ericsson, one of Sweden’s real blue chip companies will be closely connected to one of the strongest sports brands in Scandinavia. We are delighted to finally be able to communicate this great news and excited to get to work and make Ericsson Open the best sporting experience in the country, says Christer Hult”.

Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions, Ericsson, says: “Through our media solution, tennis fans around the globe can follow the Ericsson Open on their mobile devices.  We will also be hosting the 4th annual Executive Media Summit where top TV and media executives are invited to collaborate and share their insights on the future of TV and media.”

Ericsson Open is part of the International WTA Tour and is one of three tennis tournamnets owned and operated by Lagardère Sports. In 2016 Ericsson Open will be played between July 17-24 in Båstad Sweden.