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Kiki Bertens reaches second round

Updated: April 23, 2013, 1:42 PM ET
Associated Press

MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Defending champion Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and third-seeded Alize Cornet of France won in straight sets Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Grand Prix SAR.

Cornet cruised past Moroccan wild card Fatima Zahrae El Allami 6-1, 6-1, while Bertens rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first set to beat Hungarian qualifier Timea Babos 7-5, 6-2.

Tsvetana Pironkova, a 2010 Wimbledon semifinalist, broke twice in each set to beat Karolina Pliskova ...

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