Tennis - Former world no. 5 Daniela Hantuchova crashed out in the first round of the WTA Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Marrakech, Morocco on Wednesday. Russian Olga Puchkova won a marathon three hour contest 36 76(5) 75 for her second win over the Slovak this season.
Puchkova commented, "We were both fighting for it and it was really up and down out there, but I think I really took my chances. In the first set I think I went for too much and made some unforced errors, but then the next two sets I just focused on running for every ball and not going for too much, and staying patient, and it worked for me.
I'm really happy about getting the victory today. I knew Daniela was coming from playing Fed Cup in Russia and it was a really tough transition for her, but it was also my first match of the year on clay courts, so it was tough for both of us." Meanwhile, former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone scored a welcome win over Croatian Petra Martic 76(8) 64 to advance to the second round.
Schiavone has struggled in recent months but is looking forward to playing on clay once again - a surface where she has had her best results in recent years. Schiavone commented, ""I think I was playing really well until 4-1 in the first set, but I started missing some shots.
It's not easy to stay focused because the ball flies a little bit, and you have to pay attention on every point. It's easier to make the points but also easier to make an error, so you really have to focus hard and find the right balance.
But I'm happy I was able to do that today and win the match." In other matches on Wednesday, former world No.10 Flavia Pennetta defeated Melinda Czink, 61 76(2), teenager Yulia Putintseva got past Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson 63 64 and in second round action Chanelle Scheepers beat María-Teresa Torró-Flor in straight sets and third seed Alizé Cornet defeated Karin Kanpp 16 75 60.
SINGLES - SECOND ROUND  Alize Cornet (FRA) d Karin Knapp (ITA) | 1 - 6 | 7 - 5 | 6 - 0 |
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 1 | SINGLES - FIRST ROUND
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d Melinda Czink (HUN) | 6 - 1 | 7 - 6 (2) |
 Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d Petra Martic (CRO) | 7 - 6 (8) | 6 - 4 |
Olga Puchkova (RUS) d Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) | 3 - 6 | 7 - 6 (5) | 7 - 5 |
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) d Mathilde Johansson (FRA) | 6 - 3 | 6 - 4 | DOUBLES - FIRST ROUND
 D Hantuchova / A Medina Garrigues (SVK/ESP) d G Dabrowski / A Kudryavtseva (CAN/RUS) | 6 - 3 | 6 - 2 |
L Dominguez Lino / A Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) d F El Allami / N Lalami (MAR/MAR) | 6 - 0 | 6 - 4 |
 P Martic / K Mladenovic (CRO/FRA) d S Beltrame / L Thorpe (FRA/FRA) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 1 |