Marrakesh, Morocco (Sports Network) - Third-seeded Alize Cornet reached
the quarterfinals, while former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone
posted a first-round victory Wednesday at the $235,000 Moroccan Grand Prix.
The Frenchwoman Cornet fought back to beat Italian qualifier Karin Knapp, 1-6,
7-5, 6-0 in 2 hours, 24 minutes, while the sixth-seeded Italian veteran
Schiavone got past Croat Petra Martic 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 at the clay-court tennis
Schiavone's second-round opponent will be two-time Moroccan Grand Prix runner-
up Simona Halep of Romania.
In other second-round action on Wednesday, South African Chanelle Scheepers
drilled Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-2, 6-1.
And in some other opening-round play, Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta topped
Hungarian Melinda Czink 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva dropped
France's Mathilde Johansson 6-3, 6-4, and Russian Olga Puchkova stopped
Slovakian veteran Daniela Hantuchova 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. Pennetta is rewarded
with a second-round match against reigning Moroccan Grand Prix champion Kiki
Bertens, who bested Spaniard Laura Pous Tio in last year's finale, in Fes.
The Sports Network