WTA Tour

Makarova, Bertens advance at Grand Prix SAR

2016-04-25 18:58
Ekaterina Makarova (AFP)

Rabat - Second-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia beat Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Grand Prix SAR on Monday, while third-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia was routed 6-0, 6-1 by former champion Kiki Bertens.

The 30th-ranked Makarova had three aces, while Bertens — the Dutch winner of the clay-court tournament in 2012 — broke Schmiedlova's serve six times.

In another upset, Brazilian Teliana Pereira beat sixth-seeded Annika Beck 6-3, 6-1, breaking the German player's serve seven times.

Fifth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary laboured to a 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-1 win against Polona Hercog, while Sweden's Johanna Larsson beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-2, 6-2 and next faces Pereira.

Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland plays Anna Blinkova of Russia in remaining first round matches on Tuesday.

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