German Goerges, who beat Australian Stosur in the last four en route to the Stuttgart title in 2011, was made to battle a lot harder by Russian
"It is normal if I come here as defending champion," Goerges said. "Of course there will be expectations and the pressure is on you. I need to improve my game."
World number seven
Former Wimbledon finalist Bartoli pinned the Czech back with a barrage of groundstrokes and got the first break to lead 3-2 in the first before breaking again to clinch the set with a powerful two-handed backhand down the line.
Qualifier Benesova broke straight back in the first game of the second set but Bartoli upped her game again to ease home.
World number eight
At the concurrent WTA tournament in Fes, second seed