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Barcelona Ladies Open
It wasn't exactly a big name list of qualifiers. The cutoff for direct entry here was below #100, and even so, the top two qualifying seeds couldn't make the final. In fact, only one qualifying seed -- #3 Aravane Rezai -- made the main draw. The other qualifiers are Laura Thorpe, Yuliya Beygelzimer, and Annalisa Bona (about whom we know absolutely nothing).
Singles - First Round: (4) Roberta Vinci def. Mathilde Johansson 1-6 6-1 6-1
Even if Roberta Vinci can play better than she did in the first set of this match, she'll have a hard time moving in the rankings here; she has a rather large sixteenth even score and the gap between #17 and Vinci's #18 is substantial.
Singles - First Round: (6) Petra Cetkovska def. Shahar Peer 6-1 5-7 7-5
Petra Cetkovska was defending fairly big Challenger points. But she looks certain to stay Top Thirty.
Singles - First Round: (7) Sara Errani def. Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6(7-5) 6-4
Irina-Camelia Begu just fell out of the Top Fifty, and this means she won't be making it back in. For Sara Errani, the points don't count yet.
Singles - First Round: Simona Halep def. Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-4
Simona Halep matches her sixteenth event score. If she can win any more matches, she could climb significantly.
Singles - First Round: (WC) Garbine Muguruza Blanco def. (WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-3 6-3
A nice follow-up to Garbine Muguruza Blanco's Miami result. We'd guess this will take her above #140.
Doubles - First Round: Pennetta/Schiavone def. Cirstea/Zakopalova 7-5 4-6 10-6 (Match TB)
Doubles - First Round: Begu/Dominguez Lino def. Bogdan/Cadantu 5-7 6-3 10-6 (Match TB)
Doubles - First Round: (WC) Soler-Espinosa/Suarez Navarro def. (WC) Cabeza Candela/Ferrer Suarez 3-6 6-1 10-2 (Match TB)