The third-seeded Meusburger, who made her first WTA quarterfinal of the season at her last event in Katowice two weeks ago, found herself in an early 2-0 hole against Petra Cetkovska on Monday. But from there, the Austrian won nine of the next 10 games en route to a 63 63 triumph that saw her convert on seven of 10 break point chances. She has now won three straight matches in their series.
Lourdes Domínguez Lino has fond memories of this tournament, having played it when it was held in Rabat, Fès and then its first staging in Marrakech last year, when she won four three set matches en route to the final and her best WTA outing in over two years.
Former World No.11 Shahar Peer came into Marrakech in good form, having reached her first WTA quarterfinal since July at her last event in Katowice. And she continued that form in reeling off eight straight games from 2-2 in the first set against Petra Martic en route to a 62 63 win that saw her convert on six of eight break point opportunities.