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Defending champ Schiavone loses in 1st round

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Defending champ Schiavone loses in 1st round
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Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, returns a shot against Mona Barthel, of Germany, during a first round match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy lost to Spanish qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Grand Prix SAR on Tuesday.

Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, trailed 4-0 in the first set and 4-1 in the second as she slipped to a ninth first-round exit in 11 tournaments this season.

Another surprise on Tuesday was Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria's 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2 win over second-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

Svitolina made seven double faults and blew a 5-2 lead in the first set. The Ukrainian teenager then broke for a 5-3 lead in the next set to even the match. But Mayr-Achleitner broke Svitolina three times in the final set.

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, Peng Shuai of China and Romina Oprandi of Switzerland survived three-setters to reach the second round.

The top-seeded Hantuchova made the decisive break in the penultimate game to outlast Czech qualifier Renata Voracova 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, the sixth-seeded Peng beat Tunisian wild card Ons Jabeur 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, and Oprandi rallied past Italian lucky loser Anastasia Grymalska 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

Spaniards Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, Garbine Muguruza, Estrella Cabeza Candela and Lara Arruabarrena won their first-round matches in straight sets.

Torro-Flor cruised past fourth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-2, 6-2, and the fifth-seeded Muguruza did not face any break points in her 6-2, 6-2 win over Julia Glushko of Israel.

Cabeza Candela beat Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-3, 7-6 (2), and qualifier Arruabarrena downed Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 6-3. Radwanska still hasn't won a match on the main tour this season.

Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium and Ukrainian qualifier Maryna Zanevska also advanced to the second round.

Voegele fired nine aces in her 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain, Van Uytvanck ousted Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-4, 6-1, and Zanevska outclassed Moroccan teenager Rita Atik 6-2, 6-0.

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