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Greta Great In Round 1

Greta Arn did not surrender a game in her opener at the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem on Monday.

Published April 18, 2011 09:24

Greta Great In Round 1
Greta Arn

FÈS, Morocco - A year that began with promise and later was plagued by some bad luck is back on the upswing for Hungarian veteran Greta Arn, who had an easy first round victory at the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem.

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Arn won her second career title at Auckland to kick off 2011, later reached the quarters in Acapulco and Monterrey but then was forced to retire in the first set of her first round match in Indian Wells with a left knee injury. Still showing some ill effects from the injury, she again lost her opener in Miami, yet still managed to reach her career-high of No.50 on the next rankings.

"I was practicing for three weeks at home in Rome. The first week I had to be very careful because my knee was hurting a little bit," Arn said. "Unfortunately I couldn't play in Marbella because the knee wasn't 100% but now it looks like it's fine, thank God!"

Currently ranked No.52 and seeded fourth here, Arn appeared healthy and in good form on Monday, taking a 60 10 lead on Patricia Mayr-Achleitner before the Austrian retired with a right shoulder injury.

"First rounds are never easy, plus I had never played against her. I kind of had an idea of how she played, but it's still different when you actually play the match," said Arn, who is now 7-2 here, highlighted by a semifinal showing in 2008. "I'm just happy to be in the second round now!"

No.7 seed Simona Halep, who went through the qualifying draw all the way to the final here last year for her career best result, also cruised, defeating Anastasiya Yakimova, 62 60. There was one upset, with Ksenia Pervak taking the last three games of the match to edge fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber, 61 46 63. Fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva was also victorious. In the final round of qualifying, Irina-Camelia Begu, Urszula Radwanska, Sílvia Soler Espinosa and Kristyna Pliskova all won to reach the main draw.

The remaining seeds yet to play their openers are all in action Tuesday, highlighted by No.2 seed Yaroslava Shvedova taking on Begu in the Romanian's first match since her shocking run to the Marbella final.

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