Seeds tumble in Rabat as Petra Martic and Zarina Diyas crash out

Third seed Petra Martic fell at the first hurdle in Rabat on a tough day for the tournament favourites. 

Martic came up short against Flipkens despite a strong start, eventually losing 3-6 6-2 6-4. Martic faced a total of 15 break points over two and a quarter hours, saving 10.

Sixth seed Zarina Diyas also struggled losing to former world number five Sara Errani 6-4 6-4.

Sara Sorribes Tormo came through against Yulia Putinseva, edging the first set 7-6 (7/4) and following with a 6-0 second.

Croatia’s Jana Fett beat American Sachia Vickery 6-3 3-6 6-3, while Johanna Larsson bested fellow-Swede Rebecca Peterson, 2-6 6-3 6-1.