Dinara Safina defeats Jill Craybas

Updated: April 19, 2011, 3:52 PM ET
Associated Press

FEZ, Morocco -- Dinara Safina routed American Jill Craybas 6-1, 6-0 Tuesday at the Grand Prix Sar in Morocco.

Safina struggled with her first serve, landing only 38 percent. But she converted five of her seven break points to wrap up the victory in 51 minutes.

Safina will play either eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France or Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic. Cornet was leading 6-3, 5-3 when their match was suspended by darkness.

Top-seeded Aravane Rezai of France rallied to beat Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Other first-round winners at the clay-court tournament included Nadia Lalami, Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, Anastasia Pivovarova of Russia, Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium and Alberta Brianti of Italy.


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