Tennis - Romanian Simona Halep, fresh off winning her first career singles title in Germany last week, continued her good form as she advanced to the second round of the TopShelf Open in Netherlands. Halep beat rising German Annika Beck, 61 26 63 and commented, "I'm more confident now after winning a tournament.
Last week was a good week for me, but it was clay. Here it's grass, which is much different. It was difficult because I only got to practice one hour on the grass, but I feel good and I'm happy that I won." In other first round matches, second seed Dominika Cibulkova beat Spain's Lourdes Domínguez Lino 61 67(5) 76(3) and commented, "It was really tough today.
It's never easy to play Lourdes. It was such a long match. For two weeks I didn't do anything. I couldn't run. I couldn't go on a bike. So it was a big test, and I'm really happy to be back. It's my fifth year at this tournament.
It's nice preparation for Wimbledon, and I always hope to get some matches in here. That's why I keep coming back." Third seed Carla Suárez Navarro scored a straight sets win over Swede Johanna Larsson, Garbiñe Muguruza upset fifth seed Mona Barthel, 75 16 62, and former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova upset eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic. American Lauren Davis also advanced to the second round.