Elise Mertens (WTA 17) is the first seed at the WTA tour tournament in the Moroccan city of Rabat ($250,000). She plays in the first round against the Slovakian Kristina Kucova (WTA 281). It is the first mutual duel between the 22-year-old Limburg and the five-year-old Slovakian.
With Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 70) is a second Belgian directly on the main table. The 32-year-old’Flipper’ collide in the first round, third seed Petra Martic (WTA 36). The 27-year-old Croatian won their only previous encounter, in 2008 for his home crowd in Zagreb.
Maryna Zanevska (WTA 153), and Marie Benoit (STA 366) take part in the qualifier.