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  • Top Seeds: Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina
  • Defending Champion: Elina Svitolina
  • British interest: Johanna Konta
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ROME, ITALY – After the same four top seeds had various levels of misfortune in Madrid, they reunite for the last push for form before Roland Garros.

 

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Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

[1] Simona Halep

Despite not being able to defend her title in Madrid and to go for the three-peat, Halep can walk away with another solid run on the clay and some good preparation for Roland Garros. She is of course still defending final points in Rome, but with the benefit of a little more time, hopefully she can have a perfect run in for the Slam that many feel is the one she should win.

Halep’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Naomi Osaka (Halep leads H2H 3-1)
  • R3: Madison Keys [13] (Halep leads H2H 5-1)
  • QF: Caroline Garcia [7] (Halep leads H2H 3-1)
  • SF: Garbiñe Muguruza [3] (Muguruza leads H2H 3-1)
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [2] (Wozniacki leads H2H 5-2)

 

[2] Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open, 2018

Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open, 2018 | (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Never really one to love the clay court season, she told us that it almost affords too many options for choice of shot and is a great leveller. She is returning to Rome for the first time since 2015, and despite making the semi-finals back in 2011.

Wozniakcki’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Sam Stosur (Wozniacki leads H2H 7-5)
  • R3: Anastasija Sevastova [16] (First meeting)
  • QF: Venus Williams [8] (Williams leads H2H 7-1)
  • SF: Elina Svitolina [4] (Svitolna leads H2H 3-1)
  • F: Simona Halep [1] (Wozniacki leads H2H 5-2)

 

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[3] Garbiñe Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza | WTA Finals, Singapore 2017

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action during the first round-robin group match at the 2017 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Having failed to perform in her home tournament in Madrid once more, she looks to develop her time on the dirt in Rome again. Twice into the semi-finals and that set up her run to the title in 2016, she got some good battles in Madrid, but maybe a steadier ball in Rome will help build some form.

Muguruza’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Daria Gavrilova (First meeting)
  • R3: Ashleigh Barty [16] (H2H tied 1-1)
  • QF: Ashleigh Barty [16] (H2H tied 1-1)
  • SF: Simona Halep [1] (Muguruza leads H2H 3-1)
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [2] (Tied at 3-3)

 

[4] Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand prix, WTA Stuttgart

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

The Rome champion had a tearful exit in Madrid, losing to Carla Suárez Navarro in front of a home crowd, but she has a title to defend here, and heavy points to defend in Roland Garros too, so there is a lot of work to b done here, but her draw does not look favourable.

Svitolina’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Lesia Tsurenko (Svitolina leads H2H 2-1)
  • R3: Daria Kasatkina [14] (Svitolina leads H2H 3-0)
  • QF: Karolina Pliskova [6] (Pliskova leads H2H 5-2)
  • SF: Caroline Wozniacki [2] (Svitolina leads H2H 3-1)
  • F: Simona Halep [1] (Tied at 3-3)
The Internazionali BNL d’Italia takes place between 13-20 May (BST +1 hour).

 

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