Schmiedlova, Arruabarrena win in Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco ( – Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia
and Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena were first-round winners Monday in the Moroccan
Grand Prix.

The seventh-seeded Schmiedlova advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Spain’s
Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Arruabarrena topped Japan’s Kurumi Nara, 7-6 (7-3),
6-4, in the only two main draw matches on Monday.

The top seed this week is Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, while Switzerland’s Timea
Bacsinszky is the second seed.

Francesca Schiavone, the 2013 winner, was forced to withdraw before the start
of the tournament because of an illness.