Scheepers loses in Swedish Open final

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iol spt july20 Chanelle Scheepers Reuters File picture: South Africas Chanelle Scheepers lost to Mona Barthel in the final of the Swedish Open. Photo by: Kena Betancur/Reuters

BASTAD, Sweden – Germany's Mona Barthel won her third career title on Sunday when she claimed the Swedish Open with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers.

Barthel, 23, made the most of an open draw which had seen Serena Williams withdraw and seven of the top eight seeds losing in the first round.

It meant the Bastad event was the first WTA tournament since Hobart in 2009 where no seeds had made the quarter-finals.

“It's been an amazing week for me – I cannot believe I won the title,” said world number 61 Barthel whose two previous titles came in Hobart in 2012 and Paris in 2013. – Sapa-AFP

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