Nadia Lalami, who became Morocco's first WTA quarterfinalist at Fes last year, in action.
Israel's Shahar Peer was too much for Nadia Lalami though, recording a double bagel win.
Simona Halep scored one of the first upsets of the week, over No.15 seed Daniela Hantuchova.
Anabel Medina Garrigues was too consistent for fellow 29-year-old Klara Zakopalova, 64 61.
Marion Bartoli stopped Anabel Medina Garrigues' run in the second round however, 62 60.
Defending champ Vera Zvonareva fell to Monica Niculescu and a hip injury in the second round.
Caroline Wozniacki held triple match point against Lucie Safarova in her opening match.
Lucie Safarova came back though and eventually closed out the former World No.1, 46 64 76(3).
In her first tournament as No.1, Victoria Azarenka stormed through her first two rounds.
Christina McHale beat Chanelle Scheepers, Peng Shuai and Shahar Peer to make the quarters.
Monica Niculescu made the quarterfinals, where she will seek her first win over Sam Stosur.
Sam Stosur has beaten Monica Niculescu in straight sets in both of their previous meetings.
The tournament welcomed players before the tournament, with the World No.1 on the far right.
Flavia Pennetta and Dominika Cibulkova at the party. Pennetta would beat Cibulkova first round.
Ana Ivanovic and Sorana Cirstea at the party. They both reached the second round in Doha.