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ROME, ITALY – After a disappointing US Open campaign, can Karolina Pliskova hold off a strong field with some great clay court pedigree?

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA Premier Mandatory
Surface Clay (O)
Singles Draw 64
Doubles Draw 32
Prize Money €1,692,169
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Top seeds [1] Simona Halep

[2] Karolina Pliskova

[3] Sofia Kenin

[4] Elina Svitolina

[5] Kiki Bertens

[6] Belinda Bencic

[7] Johanna Konta

[8] Petra Martic

Top Half [1] Simona Halep

[8] Petra Martic

[3] Sofia Kenin

[7] Johanna Konta

Bottom Half [5] Kiki Bertens

[4] Elina Svitolina

[6] Belinda Bencic

[2] Karolina Pliskova

 

Draw & Results

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[1] Simona Halep

Best Result: Final – 2017-2018

Halep opted to stay in Europe and not make the trip to the USA – and had not played before the restart, having started the year with a run to the Australian Open semi-final and winning Dubai before the lockdown started.

She started where she left off, returning to Palermo and winning on the restart and after a bit of a slow start, she eased to another title. It is a good draw, and depending on how rusty she is, she ought to be assured of another deep run in Rome

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Anastasija Sevastova | H2H: Halep leads 6-3 (incl. ITF)
  • R3: Donna Vekic [16] | H2H: Halep leads 2-0
  • QF: Petra Martic [8] | H2H: Halep leads 2-1
  • SF: Sofia Kenin [3] | H2H: Halep leads 1-0
  • F: Karolina Pliskova [2] | H2H: Halep leads 7-4

 

[2] Karolina Pliskova

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Best Result: Title – 2019

Big things were expected of Pliskova in the first Slam since lockdown but after an opening round loss in Cincinnati, she only managed one win before being upended by Caroline Garcia in the second round. Defending her title, she has a decent chance if she can shake off the rust.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Barbora Strycova | H2H: Pliskova leads 4-1
  • R3: Alison Riske [13] | H2H: Pliskova leads 8-1 (incl. ITF)
  • QF: Belinda Bencic [6] | H2H: Bencic leads 1-0
  • SF: Elina Svitolina [4] | H2H: Pliskova leads 5-4
  • F: Simona Halep [1] | H2H: Halep leads 7-4

 

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[3] Sofia Kenin

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Best Result: Third round – 2019

The reigning Australian Open champion did not really return to winning ways since that run until she worked her back in the easing of lockdown with a lot of World Team Tennis, which served her well enough to see her reach the fourth round of the US Open.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Victoria Azarenka [SE] | H2H: Kenin leads 1-0
  • R3: Angelique Kerber [15] | H2H: First meeting
  • QF: Johanna Konta [7] | H2H: Konta leads 1-0
  • SF: Simona Halep [1] | H2H: Halep leads 1-0
  • F: Karolina Pliskova [2] | H2H: Pliskova leads 4-0

 

[4] Elina Svitolina

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Best Result: Title – 2017-2018

The two-time winner of the tournament was another player who opted to give the US swing a serve and will be returning to the tour for the first time since the restart after losing out the first part of the season with the Monterrey title.

In fact it had been a slowish start to the year for Svitolina and so it will be interesting to see if she can pick up where she left off.

Svitolina’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova | H2H: Pavlyuchenkova leads 3-1
  • R3: Anett Kontaveit [14] | H2H tied at 1-1
  • QF: Kiki Bertens [5] | H2H tied at 2-2
  • SF: Karolina Pliskova [2] | H2H: Pliskova leads 5-4
  • F: Simona Halep [1] | H2H tied at 5-5

 

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