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Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
The Fes qualifying didn't feature the big names of Stuttgart qualifying, but it did have one promising young player in Garbine Muguruza Blanco. She was the #9 qualifying seed -- and she made the main draw 5-7 6-1 6-3 over Bianca Botto. That's not a very promising score, but if she can play as well as she did in March, she could do a lot of damage here. Our other qualifiers are Melinda Czink, Arina Rodionova, and Kiki Bertens; Mathilde Johansson (who lost 5-7 6-4 6-3 to Rodionova) gets a Lucky Loser spot (and she did get lucky, because she drew one of the local wildcards!).
Singles - First Round: (1/WC) Anabel Medina Garrigues def. Nina Bratchikova 6-2 6-4
Anabel Medina Garrigues will fall out of the Top Thirty unless she makes at least the semifinal here, so this was an important start for her.
Singles - First Round: Patricia Mayr-Achleitner def. (4) Yanina Wickmayer 6-4 6-2
And to think Yanina Wickmayer skipped Fed Cup for this.... It's just possible she will return to the Top Thirty despite this, but she certainly didn't help herself.
Singles - First Round: (6) Chanelle Scheepers def. Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 6-4
Chanelle Scheepers is now only about fifty points away from the Top Forty -- although that means she needs two more wins.
Singles - First Round: Irina-Camelia Begu def. Timea Babos 7-6(7-3) 6-3
No rankings movement yet for Irina-Camelia Begu, but any additional points would count. She is about a hundred points away from the Top Fifty.
Singles - First Round: Alexandra Cadantu def. Alberta Brianti 5-7 7-5 6-1
Alberta Brianti was the defending champion. Those points don't come off this week (they came off a week ago, which explains the big drop described in the day's Movers feature), but she does lose some; she will lose her Top Hundred ranking.
Singles - First Round: Mandy Minella def. Alexandra Panova 6-3 7-6(12-10)
No sign, so far, that Alexandra Panova is carrying over her luck from the February clay season, when she made the final at Bogota. Once again Bogota proves no token of future success....