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The Moroccan Malak El Allami will face the title holder and 48th in the world, the Italian Lucia Bronzetti, in the first round of the final draw of the 22nd HRH Princess Lalla Meryem Tennis Grand Prix, the draw of which took place on Saturday in Rabat.

The two other Moroccans Aya El Aouni and Yasmine Kabbaj, also beneficiaries of wild cards, inherit respectively the Egyptian Mayar Sherif (80th in the world), who lost the final of the Parma Open on Saturday, and the Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto , ranked 56th in the world.

For the technical director of this edition, Khalid Outaleb, the Moroccan players will have a difficult entry into the competition from Monday, especially El Allami who will have to deal with the title holder, as well as El Aouni, whose opponent is led by the desire to win the title.

In a statement to the press, he stressed that the participation of three Moroccan players in the final draw is unprecedented in this international tennis event, which will be marked for the first time in its history, he added, by a derby North Africa between El Aouni and Sherif.

Commenting on the results of the draw, Mr. Outaleb affirmed that the quest for the title will not be easy, given the high level of the participants, in addition to the timing of this edition, organized just a week before Roland-Garros, offering thus a great opportunity for players to prepare for this flagship event of world tennis.

Placed under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, this international sporting event will see the participation of 60 players from 23 countries, including 30 players from the top 100, such as the title holder, Bronzetti, the Chinese Yue Yuan (38th) , the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo (47th in the world) and Cocciaretto.

The crowned player at the HRH Princess Lalla Meryem Tennis Grand Prix, worth $267,000, pockets a total of 250 points in the WTA rankings, compared to 163 for the finalist and 98 for the semi-finalists.

The title of the previous edition went to Bronzetti after her victory in the final against the Austrian Julia Graber 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.

2024-05-18 20:25:00
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