WTA Marrakech - Francesca Schiavone vs. Petra Martic (13:30 BST)

Francesca Schiavone (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Francesca Schiavone takes on Petra Martic this afternoon in the first round of the 2013 Grand Prix de S.A.R. La Princesse Lalla Meryem (13:30 BST).

Schiavone's days as a top fifty player appear to be numbered. She's the sixth seed in this week's WTA Marrakech, but has only managed to back up her poor 2012 form with a 5-9 mark in 2013.

Schiavone's Marrakech campaign begins today with a first round showdown against world No. 100 Martic, who has managed to put up even worse numbers than Schiavone, and has only won two of her seven tour level contests in 2013. She reached the quarter-finals in Katowice though, which should give her a much-needed confidence boost.

Schiavone doesn't play with the same flair that she did when she was at her best, but she still appears to be the favourite here. The door hasn't necessarily closed on her chances of winning a sixth WTA title, and in an International tier clay court event such as this one she might just stand a chance.

Prediction: Schiavone in three.

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WTA Marrakech - Francesca Schiavone vs. Petra Martic (13:30 BST)

Francesca Schiavone takes on Petra Martic this afternoon in the first round of the 2013 Grand Prix de S.A.R. La Princesse Lalla Meryem (13:30 BST).

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