Bellis comeback stuns Bacsinszky

Second seed Timea Bacsinszky was the biggest casualty of the second round of the Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem as teenager CiCi Bellis staged a fightback to claim a second-round win.

Bellis displayed her potential at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a run to the quarter-finals, where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki, and is in to the last eight in Rabat after saving a match point to beat Bacsinszky 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 7-5.

The 18-year-old American will now face compatriot Varvara Lepchenko after she also came from behind to defeat fifth seed Yulia Putintseva 1-6 6-4 6-1.

Eighth seed Alison Riske is also out after a 7-6 (9-7) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 loss to Sara Errani. Next up for Errani is third seed Daria Gavrilova - a 6-2 6-1 victor over Elise Mertens.

Top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-2 7-5, setting up a quarter-final with seventh seed Lauren Davis after her easy 6-1 6-2 triumph versus Kateryna Bondarenko.

Elsewhere in the draw there were wins for Tatjana Maria and Francesca Schiavone.

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