Former Roland Garros finalist and German comeback player Laura Siegemund are among the disrupters next week in Morocco, where Elise Mertens leads the seeds.
Former Rabat champion Timea Bacsinszky is in the field, along with former Top 10er Dominika Cibulkova.
GRAND PRIX DE SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM
RABAT, Morocco; surface: hard
Seeds: Elise Mertens, Dominika Cibulkova, Petra Martic, Timea Babos, Timea Bacsinszky, Zarina Diyas, Aleksandra Krunic, Hsieh Su-wei
Floaters: Laura Siegemund, Sara Errani, Kirsten Flipkens, Polona Hercog
No Top 15 players in the field…
Tough starts for (1) Mertens vs. Siegemund 2nd rd., (6) Diyas vs. the French Open finalist Errani, and (3) Martic vs. the crafty Flipkens…
Wildcards went to Bacsinszky, the Moroccan Diae El Jardi and the Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska…
Pulling from the field were CiCi Bellis, Kateryna Bondarenko, Kateryna Kozlova, Tatjana Maria, and Maria Sakkari…
The tournament is named after Princess Lalla Meryem, the sister of Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, and is the only WTA event in Africa…
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Francesca Schiavone in last year’s final…
Bacsinszky (2016) is the lone former champion in the field.
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