Marrakech, Morocco (Sports Network) - On-the-mend Estonian Kaia Kanepi
suffered a second-round upset, while former French Open champion Francesca
Schiavone secured a quarterfinal berth at the $235,000 Moroccan Grand Prix.
Luxembourg's Mandy Minella upended the fourth-seeded Kanepi 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
at the clay-court tennis event. Kanepi returned to the tour two weeks ago
after being sidelined for six months with a heel injury.
The sixth-seeded Italian veteran Schiavone humbled two-time Moroccan Grand
Prix runner-up Simona Halep 6-3, 6-2. The Romanian Halep reached back-to-back
finals at this event, in Fes, in 2010 and 2011.
Fifth-seeded and defending champion Kiki Bertens continued her winning ways in
Morocco with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-0), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Italian veteran
The Dutch Bertens bested Spaniard Laura Pous Tio in last year's finale, in
Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic leveled Kazakhstan's
Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-3 and Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino doused ninth-
seeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
One other second-rounder saw Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa dismiss Russian
Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-3.
Friday's quarterfinals will pit third-seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet against
Schiavone; Bertens versus Dominguez Lino; Mladenovic against South African
Chanelle Scheepers; and Minella versus Soler-Espinosa.
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