Simona Halep nets straight-sets win

Updated: April 18, 2011, 4:01 PM ET
Associated Press

FEZ, Morocco -- Simona Halep of Romania beat Anastasia Yakimova of Belarus 6-2, 6-0 on Monday to reach the second round of the Grand Prix SAR.

The seventh-seeded Halep, who was the runner-up last year, lost only 12 points on her serve and broke her opponent seven times.

Fourth-seeded Greta Arn of Hungary also advanced after Austria's Patricia Mayr-Achleitner retired when trailing 6-0, 1-0. Arn is looking for her second title this season following her victory in Auckland in January.

Top-seeded Aravane Rezai of France was set to play Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in her first-round match.


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