Maria Sharapova has signed a three-year deal to be Porsche's first brand ambassador. Sharapova is currently in Stuttgart for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, in which she is the defending champion.
Sugarpova will soon be introduced in Russia.
The ever-inconsistent Sorana Cirstea, seeded 2nd in Marrakech, was defeated by Chenelle Scheepers in the first round.
Blogging from Marrakech is Kristina Mladenovic.
Prize money is being increased at Wimbledon, and also at the French Open.