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Torro-Flor grabs first title with win at Marrakesh

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor captured her first WTA singles title with Sunday’s victory in Marrakesh.

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MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) – Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain won her first WTA singles title by defeating Romina Oprandi of Switzerland 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Sunday in the Grand Prix SAR final.


Torro-Flor broke for a 5-3 lead in the first set but dropped serve at 2-1 in the second as Oprandi evened the match.

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Oprandi, Torro-Flor in unseeded Marrakesh final

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor defeated Garbine Muguruza to set up an unseeded Grand Prix SAR final.

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MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) – Romina Oprandi of Switzerland beat top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a Grand Prix SAR final against Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain on Saturday.


Torro-Flor defeated fifth-seeded compatriot Garbine Muguruza 6-0, 6-3.

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Semifinals set for Grand Prix SAR in Marrakesh

MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) – Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Grand Prix SAR semifinals on Friday.

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, Romina Oprandi of Switzerland and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain also moved into the last four. The top-seeded Hantuchova received a walkover from Peng Shuai of China, who had a left thigh injury, Oprandi defeated third-seeded Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-4, 6-4, and Torro-Flor edged Polona Hercog of Slovenia 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).

The fifth-seeded Muguruza won seven straight games against Peer to clinch the first set and lead 5-0 in the second.

The Spaniard is enjoying a breakthrough season, as she clinched her first WTA title in January at the Hobart International and finished runner-up at the Brazil Cup in March.

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Daily Bagel: Sharapova shows new candy flavor

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: Maria Sharapova’s appearance on the WTA Live All-Access Hour in Stuttgart from early in the week. Sharapova, the two-time defending champion, beat top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to advance to the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals.

• Steve Tignor and a Tennis.com contributor named Jewell discuss all angles of the grunting debate — whether the tours should crack down, whether it helps players, whether sexism plays a role in how the issue is covered, and more. Jewell, for one, is partial toward players who grunt.

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Gael Monfils reaches quarterfinals in Bucharest

After a rain delay, Gael Monfils easily defeated qualifier Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-3.

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Third-seeded Gael Monfils opened his Nastase Tiriac Trophy account with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis on Thursday.


Following a first-round bye, Monfils broke Berankis four times in their first meeting to reach the quarterfinals after rain delayed the start of play for more than three hours.

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Kvitova falls in big upset in Stuttgart first round

Ana Ivanovic needed just an hour to knock Sabine Lisicki out of the Porsche Grand Prix.

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) – Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.


The 102nd-ranked Kleybanova rallied from 5-3 down in the second set to beat her Czech opponent. It was the Russian’s first victory against a top-10 player since winning her battle against Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which kept her out between May 2011 and March 2012.

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Daily Bagel: Ranking Nadal’s clay-court losses

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: Highlights from Maria Sharapova’s 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) victory over Lucie Safarova in Stuttgart that took three hours and 24 minutes.

• Ed McGrogan of Tennis.com ranks, by magnitude, Rafael Nadal’s 12 clay losses since 2005. It’s no surprise that his only loss at the French Open, against Robin Soderling in 2009, tops the list.

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