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Medina Garrigues wins Fes opener

Top seed Anabel Medina Garrigues was an easy opening-round winner Monday at the $220,000 Moroccan Grand Prix tennis event.

The Spanish Medina Garrigues dismissed Russian Nina Bratchikova 6-2, 6-4 on the red clay at Royal Tennis Club de Fes Complexe Sportif.

Up next for the 2009 Fes champion and 2008 runner-up Medina Garrigues will be Luxembourg's Mandy Minella, who snuck past Russian Alexandra Panova 6-3, 7-6 (12-10).

Sixth-seeded South African Chanelle Scheepers moved on with a 6-4, 6-4 handling of Aussie Anastasia Rodionova.

This week's field also features two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who's seeded second.

Italian Alberta Brianti beat Romanian Simona Halep in last year's Fes finale. Halep was also the runner-up here in 2010.

The 2012 Fes champ will take home $37,000.