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Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
Singles - Second Round: (1) Anabel Medina Garrigues def.
Mandy Minella 6-2 6-3
One more win would allow Anabel Medina Garrigues to stay Top Thirty.
Singles - Second Round: Irina-Camelia Begu def. (2) Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6 7-6(7-4) 3-2 retired (leg)
Irina-Camelia Begu is a good player, and Svetlana Kuznetsova was perhaps tired after Fed Cup, but it still proved to be a bad day for retirements here. Kuznetsova loses her chance to return to the Top 25; Begu is getting close to the Top Fifty.
Singles - Second Round: (3) Petra Cetkovska def. Timea Bacsinszky 6-3 6-2
There is no question now; Petra Cetkovska will stay Top Thirty.
Singles - Second Round: (5) Simona Halep def. Alexandra Cadantu 6-2 7-5
Simona Halep hasn't clinched a Top Fifty spot yet, but one more win would do it, and clearly anything can happen in this draw!
Singles - Second Round: (Q) Kiki Bertens def. (6) Chanelle Scheepers 7-5 1-6 6-3
Her previous win didn't do Kiki Bertens much good, but this is more substantial; she will probably rise to around #130. Chanelle Scheepers loses her Top Forty chance.
Singles - Second Round: (LL) Mathilde Johansson def. (8) Shahar Peer 4-6 6-3 6-2
Shahar Peer spent more than five hours on court in her two matches; little wonder she ran out of gas. But she loses her Top Fifty chance. Mathilde Johansson is close to the Top Hundred.
Singles - Second Round: Laura Pous-Tio def. Arantxa Rus 6-3 7-5
Laura Pous-Tio has semifinalist points to defend, so she still needs one more win just to stay in place. Two more would put her in the Top Hundred.
Singles - Second Round: (Q) Garbine Muguruza Blanco def. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-4 retired
As we said, a tough day for retirements. But it takes Garbine Muguruza Blanco to around #120.
Doubles - First Round: Pliskova/Pliskova def. (1) Rodionova/Rodionova 2-0 retired (Arina Rodionova: Left Wrist Injury)
Doubles - First Round: Rus/Bertens def. Arruabarrena-Vecino/Ivanova 6-2 6-2
This is really looking as if it will be the biggest week of Kiki Bertens's career. She wasn't even supposed to be in the draw, but #2 seeds Daniilidou/Zakopalova pulled out.
Doubles - First Round: Cetkovska/Panova def. (WC) El Allami/Lalami 6-3 6-2
Doubles - First Round: Begu/Cadantu def. Bacsinszky/Brianti 6-0 1-6 10-5 (Match TB)