2012 Stuttgart & Fès [Fez] WTA Singles Results    


  WTA Apr 23-29: Stuttgart & Fès

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, GER
PREMIER 700 $740,000 28m/32q/16d
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n1 V Azarenka, n2 M Sharapova
n3 P Kvitova, n4 A Radwanska

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
Fès, MAR INTL $220,000 32m/32q/16d
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n26 A Medina G, n27 S Kuznetsova
n30 P Cetkovska, n31 Y Wickmayer
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#1 Victoria Azarenka
5'10" 132lb RH 2H-BH

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

#2 Maria Sharapova
400hp @7,400rpm, 0-60mph 4.4sec, 187 mph

    Unbreakable: On Sunday at Stuttgart, Germany, in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, last year's champion at Rome and Cincinnati, 25 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residences: Manhattan Beach, CA & Bradenton, FL), defeated this year's champ at Indian Wells and the Australian Open), 21 year old top seeded #1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-1, 6-4 (both ladies are shown during the match, and Maria with the roadware afterward).

    Maria's prize is $115,000 and a Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet sports car valued at $108,000; Victoria's prize is $62,500.

    Maria struck 31 winners (including 8 aces) with only 13 unforced errors (including 3 double faults) and scored on 3 of the 11 break points she reached against Vika while totaling 68 points in the match.

    Vika hit 3 aces, with 5 DFs, and reached only 1 break point against Maria during match, which she failed to convert, while totaling 47 points.

    Maria's serve was broken only three times during the four matches she played this week in Stuttgart; her opponents failed to score on 17 of the 20 break points they held against her.

    Maria said: "I was aggressive today but also consistent when I had to be. Really patient, not like in past when I went for too much... It was the best I've served consistently since the comeback [in 2009 from right shoulder rotator cuff tendon tears in 2008], smarter too. Placement is so important on clay, where there are not so many free points." via Guy McCrea at Twitter

    Victoria was troubled by a right wrist injury, but, Victoria said: "I'm not going to sit here and look for excuses... Maria served really well and her game was really on. All credit to her." WTA story

    Maria has reached four finals in five tourneys in 2012; Vika has reached five finals in the six tourneys she has played in this year. Vika still leads Maria 5-4 in career matches. Their previous encounter was in March on a Plexipave hardcourt in the final at Indian Wells, when Victoria defeated Maria 6-2, 6-3.

    2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria is now 25-16 in WTA singles finals; she won last year at Rome and Cincinnati. Maria had a 43-14 singles match record last season; she is 22-4 in 2012, losing only to Agnieszka Radwanska, Victoria Azarenka (twice), and Angelique Kerber.

    2012 Australian Open champion Victoria is now 12-9 in WTA singles finals. She won this year at Indian Wells, Doha and Sydney, and last year at Miami, Marbella and Luxembourg. Vika had a 55-17 singles match record in 2011, she is 29-2 this year, losing only to Marion Bartoli (in the Miami quarterfinals) and Maria Sharapova.

    On Saturday in Fès, Morocco, in the final of the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, 20 year old qualifier #152 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, won her first WTA title by defeating 27 year old unseeded #111 Laura Pous-Tio from Granollers, Spain, 7-5, 6-0. Kiki's prize is $37,000; Laura's prize is $19,000.

    It was only the second time Kiki has played in a WTA singles main draw. Kiki said: "In the beginning I was very nervous and [Laura] started well, but after I won the first set all my nerves were gone...
    "I'm excited. I'm going to play more tournaments now and try to win more." WTA story

    Laura recently returned after being sidelined by a left knee injury. Laura said: "It [was] only my second tournament on clay, so I'm still happy with the result... [Kiki] played a very good match today."

    Both ladies were playing in their first WTA singles final. Kiki has won 2 ITF singles titles, and is 19-5 in pro singles matches this year. Laura has won 10 ITF singles titles and 6 ITF doubles titles, and (after missing several tourneys due to the knee injury), has a 5-5 singles match record this season.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stuttgart & Fès

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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix,  Stuttgart, Germany

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Germany News

Stuttgart: The main draw for Stuttgart has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.

click for broader view   Schleyer Halle/Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, GER
Latitude: 48.793606 Longitude: 9.22843 goto link for World Wind

Porsche Grand Prix of Tennis venue address: Schleyer Halle/Porsche Arena, Mercedesstrase 69, 70372 Stuttgart

2012: On Monday, April 23, in Stuttgart, high seeds Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Victoria Azarenka alerted the media at the All Access Hour...
Stuttgart, 1st Rd Tue-Wed noon Tue WTA story - Wed WTA story
losers' prize: $5,500 US; points: 1
n5 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS d n25 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Samantha driving a forehand; in the background is the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet which will go to the tourney champ along with $115,000

    Samantha said: "I was ready to go. I guess it's kind of handy to have been here for a week already, whereas all the other girls arrived late yesterday. Sometimes the best preparation doesn't always equal the best results, but it doesn't hurt to play Fed Cup matches at the same place as the next event. It was nice to play as well as I did and get through in straight sets today."

n6 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n18 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-3, 1-0 retired—low back injury Wed

Jelena about to slice a backhand, and Caro driving one

    Caroline said: "It was definitely not the way you want to win a match. It was a tough draw—she's a former World No.1 and can play some amazing tennis. I hope Jelena can get well soon and come back and be ready for Madrid."

n7 s7 Marion Bartoli FRA d n45 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Marion driving a forehand

n8 s8 Na Li CHN d n23 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(4), 6-4 Tue

Na driving a backhand

n11 Andrea Petkovic GER d n113 wc Kristina Barrois GER 6-1, 6-4 Tue

Andrea following a forehand

    Andrea said: "I'm actually surprised it went so well today. It was a tough challenge playing [Samantha] Stosur in Fed Cup on the weekend, playing the #5 player in the world right after three and a half months off. I was in my rhythm tonight and played quite solid." WTA story

n12 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n29 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-3, 7-5 Tue
n14 Angelique Kerber GER d n19 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Angelique driving a backhand

*n35 wc Mona Barthel GER d n15 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-5, 7-6(4) Wed

Mona serving, and Ana driving a backhand

    Ana was unable to convert three set points as Mona served while trailing 4-5 in the 1st set. Ana said: "On all of my set points [Mona] hit big serves—she served great and played very well today. I really had my chances in the first set. It was disappointing to finish like this but she was playing on top of her game."

n16 Julia Goerges GER d n22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Julia's forehand drive

    Julia said: "It's not normal I come here as defending champion. It was a new situation and I was a little bit nervous and tight at the beginning, but I am happy I managed all of it at the end and was able to fight through."

    About playing Samantha Stosur in the 2nd round, Julia said: "Sam is a Grand Slam champion and #5 in the world, so obviously she's a great player. She's a great person too—I have to say she's a nice girl and I get along well with her. We've played some doubles and are going to play more. I like watching her game too—she's so athletic. We had a tough match here last year [Julia defeated Samantha in the semifinals]. I hope we can make a good rematch."

*n118 LL Akgul Amanmuradova UZB d n17 Dominika Cibulkova SVK Wed
*n70 q Greta Arn HUN d n62 LL Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 7-5, 6-3 Tue
n100 q Alize Cornet FRA d n376 sr q Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Stuttgart, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu noon Wed WTA story - Thu WTA story 1 - 2
losers' prize: $9,800 US; points: 60
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n11 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-2, 4-4 retired—right ankle injury Thu

Andrea and Victoria driving backhands, Andrea turning her ankle while driving a forehand (from video), and Vika helping Petko offcourt after the injury

    German #1 Andrea had just returned to play after three and a half months off due to a low back stress fracture. Andrea said: "My ankle swelled up as soon as I twisted it. I don't know how bad it is at the moment, but we are checking the ligaments for any damage. Right now I'm just icing it and tomorrow I will have an MRI and a CT... It's definitely unlucky, but I'll be back again."

    Victoria said: "I feel really bad for Andrea. I hope she recovers and we see her back on the court soon."

    On Friday, scans showed that Andrea had torn two ligaments in her right ankle, and another ligament was strained. She is expected to be out of action for about three months.

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n100 q Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 1-0 retired—right shoulder injury Wed

Alize about to slice a backhand, Maria driving one, and Alize telling Maria she cannot continue

    Maria said: "You never want matches to end that way. [Alize] had already played four matches to get here, and was obviously feeling it and having a bit of a problem with the shoulder. At this stage, a few weeks before Roland Garros in Paris, it's important for her to get well."

n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n12 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 6-2 Thu

Francesca about to swat a backhand, and Petra driving a forehand

    Petra said: "I was actually surprised with my serve today—it was one of my best serving days. I prefer to play on quicker surfaces, but I feel at home here in the Porsche Arena. The surface is similar to the one at the French Open and it helps more aggressive players, unlike many of the outdoor clay courts."

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n70 q Greta Arn HUN 6-3, 6-4 Wed

Agnieszka and Greta driving forehand and backhand

    Agnieszka said: "It was my first match of the year on clay, and Greta already had a couple matches here, and that's always hard. It's especially hard on clay—but it was a good match, and I'm happy how I played...
    "Indoor clay really feels much faster than outdoor clay. It's very slippery indoors, and it doesn't even feel like there's that much clay on it—it feels more like a hardcourt with some clay on top. That's why the first match is never easy on it."

n5 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS d n16 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 Thu

Samantha serving, and Julia driving a backhand

    Julia had won both of their previous meetings. Samantha said: "It was a tough draw for both of us, but I'm obviously happy to come through. There are definitely a bunch of players out there I've never beaten before, but you have to believe the next time you go out there you'll be able to change something, play better and win."

    Julia said: "I'm pretty satisfied with my performance today, [Samantha's] serve was just better than mine—she got the one break in the third, and that was the difference."

*n14 Angelique Kerber GER d n6 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-1, 6-2 Thu

Caroline and Angelique driving backhand and forehand, and Angelique after match point

*n35 wc Mona Barthel GER d n7 s7 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-1 Thu

Mona serving, and Marion driving a backhand

    Mona said: "It was one of the best matches of my life. I was immediately able to put her serve under pressure and it was enormously helpful being able to play in front of such a fantastic crowd in this arena. Thank you to the fans.
    "It's great to have my first win over a top 10 player. It's something special."

n8 s8 Na Li CHN d n118 LL Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-4, 6-4 Thu

    Na said: "Even though her ranking isn't too high right now, Akgul has played many good matches over the years, so I knew I had to play well. I liked how I was hitting the ball and fighting for every point out on the court today."

Stuttgart, QFs, Fri 2pm WTA story 1 - 2
losers' prize: $17,800 US; points: 120
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n35 wc Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 6(3)-7, 7-5

Victoria driving a forehand, Mona and Vika driving backhands, and Victoria after match point

    Victoria struck 38 winners (including 5 aces) with only 23 unforced errors (including 8 double faults). Mona lost despite striking 62 winners (13 aces) with a relatively low 43 unforced errors (16 DFs). Vika totaled 126 points in the 2 hour, 49 minute match; Mona scored 115.

    Victoria said: "[Mona] would go for her shots and it seemed like everything would go in—but I fought hard and tried to just stick with her, and if I couldn't take one opportunity, I'd try to take the next one—I knew I'd get another one.
    "Mona has been showing some excellent tennis throughout the year. She has a big serve and big strokes, and she's just coming up, so she has absolutely nothing to lose."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n5 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS 6(5)-7, 7-6(5), 7-5

Maria twisting a serve from altitude, Samantha and Maria driving forehand and backhand, and Maria after match point

    Maria struck 10 aces with 6 double faults and scored on just 2 of the 7 break points she reached against Samantha while totaling 129 points in the 3 hour, 2 minute match. Samantha hit 3 aces with no DFs and converted only 1 of the 4 break points she reached against Maria while totaling 123 points.

    It was Maria's 18th victory in her last 19 three-set matches. The win raised Maria's career record against Samantha to 10-1.

    Maria said: "Sam has a great serve. She was serving as well against me today as she ever has. The ball was bouncing quite high but in the second set I got a better read of it. The difference was a couple points here and there. I'm really happy to get through a quality clay courter like Sam."

    Samantha said: "I think it was a very, very good match—we both played very well. Towards the end of the third set [Maria] started returning very well and putting me under more and more pressure, and then she got that one break [at 5-5] and served very well in the last game, which was the cherry on top for her."

n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n14 Angelique Kerber GER 6-4, 6-4

Angelique and Petra driving backhand and forehand

    Petra said: "It was important to serve and return well in this match because [Angelique] plays very well from the baseline. I'm looking forward for the semifinals here now—it's the first time I'm playing this tournament and to be in the semifinals is really good. It will be a good match with Sharapova."

    Angelique said: "Petra played very well today. I had some chances in the first set but didn't take them, and she served better, which was the difference."

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n8 s8 Na Li CHN 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Agnieszka and Na driving backhands

    Agnieszka said: "[Na] was playing very well today, and I think I wanted to do too much in the beginning. I was making a couple of mistakes early, but in the second set I knew I had to be more calm and serve much better. It was very close and I'm happy I could turn it around and beat her on clay courts."

Stuttgart, SFs, Sat 2pm WTA story
losers' prize: $33,500 US; points: 200
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-3

Victoria driving a forehand, Agnieszka and Victoria driving backhands, and Vika after match point

    Vika scored on 5 of the 7 break points she reached against Agnieszka and totaled 62 points in the match; Aga converted 1 of the 2 break points she held against Victoria while scoring 40 points in all.

    Victoria is now 5-0 against Agnieszka this season. Victoria said: "I have a lot of respect for Agnieszka and what she has done this year. She has been showing some incredible results. Every time I play her I know I have to bring out my best."

    Agnieszka said: "[Victoria] is just playing great tennis this year and played another good match against me today."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-4, 7-6(3)

Maria driving a forehand, Petra and Maria driving backhands, and Maria after match point

    Maria scored on just 2 of the 7 break points she reached against Petra while totaling 89 points in the match. Petra converted only 1 of the 11 break points she reached against Maria while totaling 81 points. Maria's serve has been broken only three times during the three matches she has played this week in Stuttgart; her opponents have failed to score on 16 of the 19 break points they have held against her.

    Petra said: "I didn't return [Maria's] serve well and I think that was the key... She had good serves when she needed them and from the baseline she was so aggressive—you have to be ready because she's very dangerous."

    About the final, Maria said: "I'm facing a tough opponent... certainly the one to beat, and I hope to improve from our previous meetings, definitely play better and make it a good match."

Stuttgart, Final, Sun 6:30pm
loser's prize: $62,500 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $115,000 US (AND a Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet) points: 470
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-1, 6-4

Maria serving, Victoria driving a backhand, Maria driving a forehand, and after match point

Stuttgart, Doubles Final 2:30pm
losers' prize: $19,500 US
winners' prize: $37,000 US
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova & Iveta Benesova d Julia Goerges & Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-4, 7-5

Iveta and Barbora

Stuttgart, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 23 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $780 1pt; q2 $1,425 8pts; q3 $2,655 12pts; qualifier 20 points
n45 Iveta Benesova CZE d n118 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3)
*n376 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d n62 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 7-6(2)
n70 Greta Arn HUN d n132 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 7-6(5), 6-0
n100 Alize Cornet FRA d n181 Annika Beck GER 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(1)

Stuttgart, Withdrawals
n10 Vera Zvonareva RUS shoulder injury
n13 Sabine Lisicki GER ankle injury
n20 Daniela Hantuchova SVK foot stress fracture
n24 Flavia Pennetta ITA right wrist injury

Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem,  Fès [Fez], Morocco

tourney time:
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Morocco news

    Fès: The 32-player main draw for Fès has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.

click for wider view   Royal Tennis Club de Fès, Complex Sportif
Latitude: 34.002866 Longitude: -4.969168 goto link for World Wind

Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem venue address: Complex Sportif de Fès, Boulevard Arrahma Narjiss, Fez (Fès), Morocco

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2011: After befriending a burro in Fès on Monday, Yaroslava Shvedova tweeted: "This little local Fes creature is so cute! :)" SlavaSays at Twitter...
Young ladies looking good at the Fès players party Tuesday night included Sloane Stephens and Arina Rodionova, in photos by Anastasia Pivovarova...
Fès, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n26 s1 wc Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n108 Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n27 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n67 Eleni Danilidou GRE 6-1, 7-5 Tue

    Svetlana said: "It was tough because Fed Cup was indoors and I was really tired. I had a little bit of trouble with my movement and concentration in the second set, but I'm happy to get through in two sets.
    "This is my first clay court outdoor tournament of the year, so I'm looking forward to getting some matches in."

n30 s3 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n103 q Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 6-2 Tue

    Petra said: "It was really a tough match. [Melinda is] a great player who is coming back from an injury. She won two matches in qualifying. I'm really happy because first round matches are always difficult, especially with the tough conditions here."

*n101 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT d n31 s4 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 6-2 Mon
n42 s5 Simona Halep ROU d n732 wc Fatima Zahrae El Allami MAR 6-1 retired Tue
n44 s6 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n94 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*n95 Arantxa Rus NED d n47 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(9) Mon-dark-Tue
n55 s8 Shahar Peer ISR d n90 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 Tue

    Shahar said: "As much as I was frustrated, I kept fighting and I was aggressive in the right moments, in the last few games especially. I think that was important. It was a long match. I think I should have finished it off earlier, but I'm really happy that I won. Hopefully, I'll sleep well tonight."

n56 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n66 Timea Babos HUN 7-6(3), 6-3 Mon
*n82 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n64 Alberta Brianti ITA 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 Mon
*n111 Laura Pous-Tio ESP d n74 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*n91 Mandy Minella LUX d n81 Alexandra Panova RUS 6-3, 7-6(10) Mon
*n138 q Garbine Muguruza Blanco ESP d n85 Anna Tatishvili GEO 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 Tue
*n152 q Kiki Bertens NED d n93 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 7-5 Tue
n109 LL Mathilde Johansson FRA d n341 wc Nadia Lalami MAR 6-1, 6-1 Tue
*n573 sr Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n242 q Arina Rodionova RUS 2-6, 4-0 retired—left wrist injury Tue

Fès, 2nd Round, Wed 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n26 s1 wc Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n91 Mandy Minella LUX 6-2, 6-3

    Anabel said: "I'm very happy to be in the quarterfinals. In the next match I want to try to play a little bit more freely and go for my shots a little bit more. If I can do this I think I can continue to do well."

*n56 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n27 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 1-6, 7-6(4), 3-2 retired—left thigh injury

    Irina-Camelia said: "It was tough. [Svetlana] was ahead by a set and 5-2 and only then I started to play. I was fighting for every ball and I think that was the key to my comeback...
    "She wasn't moving so well after the injury and I tried to move her about and I started to have some success with this. I'm happy to win, but it's also sad for Sveta and I hope she will recover quickly."

n30 s3 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n573 sr Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-3, 6-2
n42 s5 Simona Halep ROU d n82 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-2, 7-5
*n152 q Kiki Bertens NED d n44 s6 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
*n109 LL Mathilde Johansson FRA d n55 s8 Shahar Peer ISR 4-6,6-3, 6-2

    Mathilde said: "The match went great. It was tough, and [Shahar] made it difficult in the first set but then I began to fight back. My serve was working well, and I was hitting my forehand much better than in my other matches here, so I hope I can continue this for the rest of the week."

*n111 Laura Pous-Tio ESP d n95 Arantxa Rus NED 6-3, 7-5
*n138 q Garbine Muguruza Blanco ESP d n101 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-4 retired—right hip injury

Fès, QFs, Thu 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
*n42 s5 Simona Halep ROU d n26 s1 wc Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 6-1

    Simona said: "I played really well today. [Anabel is] a strong player and I went out there just trying to enjoy the match and play my best, which I did! I like this tournament a lot, and I hope I will play another good match in the semifinals."

*n109 LL Mathilde Johansson FRA d n30 s3 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-3, 6-4

    Mathilde said: "I don't think I played my best tennis today as I was tense playing against my practice partner. We share the same coach, and I think these matches against someone you know well can be difficult. I was happy to come through and hopefully I can improve in the semifinals."

*n111 Laura Pous-Tio ESP d n56 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-1

    Laura said: "It was a tough match. I lost three times to [Irina-Camelia] last year but this time I came in very focused and tried to be very solid from the baseline and also be aggressive when I could on the forehand and I was very successful with this game plan."

*n152 q Kiki Bertens NED d n138 q Garbine Muguruza Blanco ESP 6-1, 6-4

    Kiki said: "I think I played very good today. I made a good start in both sets and, although I got a little bit nervous at the end of the second, thankfully I managed to finish it off. My movement was really good and I was also hitting the ball really well. [Garbine] was maybe making more mistakes than usual, and I was pleased I managed to take advantage."

Fès, SFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*n152 q Kiki Bertens NED d n42 s5 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 6-4
n111 Laura Pous-Tio ESP d n109 LL Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-1, 2-6, 7-5

Fès, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
*n152 q Kiki Bertens NED d n111 Laura Pous-Tio ESP 7-5, 6-0

Kiki after match point

Fès, Doubles Final Sat 11am
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
Petra Cetkovska & Alexandra Panova d Irina-Camelia Begu & Alexandra Cadantu 3-6, 7-6(5), (11-9)

Fès, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 23 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n103 Melinda Czink HUN d n162 Ekaterina Ivanova RUS 6-0, 6-4
n242 Arina Rodionova RUS d n109 Mathilde Johansson FRA 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
n138 Garbine Muguruza Blanco ESP d n286 Bianca Botto PER 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
*n152 Kiki Bertens NED d n143 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

Fès, Withdrawals
n37 Polona Hercog SLO
n38 Ksenia Pervak KAZ illness
n39 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n46 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ right knee injury
n59 Pauline Parmentier FRA
n61 Romina Oprandi SUI right knee injury
n67 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP
n68 Michaella Krajicek NED right knee injury
n69 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE foot injury
n77 Sloane Stephens USA

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