By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova
  • Defending Champion: Elina Svitolina
  • British interest: Johanna Konta
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ROME, ITALY – One last chance for the WTA Elite to polish their games ahead of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia as two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina continues her comeback from injury

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA Premier Mandatory
Surface Clay (O)
Singles Draw 64
Doubles Draw 32
Prize Money €3,452,538
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Top seeds [1] Naomi Osaka

[2] Petra Kvitova

[3] Simona Halep

[4] Karolina Pliskova

[5] Elina Svitolina

[6] Kiki Bertens

[7] Sloane Stephens

[8] Ashleigh Barty

Top Half [1] Naomi Osaka

[6] Kiki Bertens

[3] Simona Halep

[7] Sloane Stephens

Bottom Half [5] Elina Svitolina

[4] Karolina Pliskova

[8] Ashleigh Barty

[2] Petra Kvitova

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

16-May R3
K Mladenovic [Q] (FRA) 62 63 A Barty [8] (AUS)
V Azarenka [WC] (BLR 64 31 RET G Muguruza (ESP)
J Konta (GBR) 62 64 V Williams [WC] (USA)
K Bertens [6] (NED) 64 16 63 C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
N Osaka [1] (JPN) 63 63 M Buzarnescu (ROU)
Ka Pliskova [4] (CZE) 46 64 63 S Kenin (USA)
M Vondrousova (CZE) 75 26 62 D Kasatkina (RUS)
M Sakkari [Q] (GRE) 75 57 40 RET P Kvitova [2] (CZE)
16-May R2
N Osaka [1] (JPN) 63 63 D Cibulkova (SVK)
K Mladenovic [Q] (FRA) 62 26 61 B Bencic (SUI)
K Bertens [6] (NED) 62 46 75 A Anisimova [LL] (USA)
M Buzarnescu (ROU) 64 36 44 RET J Goerges [16] (GER)
J Konta (GBR) 67(3) 64 61 S Stephens [7] (USA)
G Muguruza (ESP) 64 46 62 D Collins (USA)
C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 63 30 A Cornet [Q] (FRA)
D Kasatkina (RUS) 26 64 61 K Siniakova (CZE)
P Kvitova [2] (CZE) 60 61 Y Putintseva (KAZ)
S Kenin (USA) 67(2) 63 64 M Keys [13] (USA)
M Vondrousova (CZE) 26 75 63 S Halep [3] (ROU)
M Sakkari [Q] (GRE) 63 62 A Kontaveit [14] (EST)
V Williams [WC] (USA) WO S Williams [10] (USA)
14-May R1
D Collins (USA) 76(5) RET C Wozniacki [11] (DEN)
A Cornet [Q] (FRA) 61 64 A Sabalenka [9] (BLR)
M Sakkari [Q] (GRE) 61 75 A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
D Kasatkina (RUS) 62 76(5) I-C Begu [Q] (ROU)
C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 64 16 63 D Yastremska (UKR)
J Goerges [16] (GER) 63 64 Hsieh SW (TPE)
B Bencic (SUI) 26 63 62 A Sevastova [12] (LAT)
K Mladenovic [Q] (FRA) 61 62 C Garcia (FRA)
M Vondrousova (CZE) 16 64 76(4) B Strycova (CZE)
M Buzarnescu (ROU) 62 54 RET J Ostapenko (LAT)
R2
A Barty [8] (AUS) 46 63 64 V Kozmova (SVK)
Ka Pliskova [4] (CZE) 63 63 A Tomljanovic (AUS)
V Azarenka [WC] (BLR 46 61 75 E Svitolina [5] (UKR)
13-May R1
D Cibulkova (SVK) 62 63 A Sasnovich (BLR)
K Siniakova (CZE) 16 75 64 Wang Q [15] (CHN)
Y Putintseva (KAZ) 64 62 L Tsurenko (UKR)
J Konta (GBR) 64 61 A Riske (USA)
G Muguruza (ESP) 63 64 Zhang Sa (CHN)
S Williams [10] (USA) 64 62 R Peterson [Q] (SWE)
V Kozmova (SVK) 61 60 S Errani [WC] (ITA)
A Tomljanovic (AUS) 76(1) 64 T Zidansek [Q] (SLO)
V Williams [WC] (USA) 75 36 76(4) E Mertens (BEL)
A Kontaveit [14] (EST) 46 64 64 M Barthel [Q] (GER)
M Keys [13] (USA) 64 76(3) P Hercog [Q] (SLO)
A Anisimova [LL] (USA) 63 63 E Cocciaretto [WC] (ITA)
V Azarenka [WC] (BLR 62 61  Zhang Sh (CHN)
S Kenin (USA) 61 62 J Paolini [WC] (ITA)

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[1] Naomi Osaka

Best Result: 2018 – second round

Osaka admitted that the prospect of hanging on to her No. 1 ranking was weighing on her mind heading into (ultimately) her quarter-final exit. With her fate now in the hands of the Madrid final (she will lose it if Simona Halep reclaims the title and keep it if Halep finishes as a runner-up) but it is time to focus on the thicker, claggier clay of Rome.

At the very least (and with the benefit of a bye in the first round) Osaka should at least match her best performance here of the second round, but could face Dominika Cibulkova for the second week in a row. She may get her best run here but could come unstuck if the other Madrid finalist is fighting fit as you would have to give Kiki Bertens a shot of being the favourite if they meet in the quarter-finals.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Dominika Cibulkova (Osaka leads H2H 3-0)
  • R3: Julia Goerges [16] (Osaka leads H2H 2-0)
  • QF: Kiki Bertens [6] (H2H Tied at 1-1)
  • SF: Simona Halep [3] (Halep leads H2H 4-1)
  • F: Petra Kvitova [2] (Osaka leads H2H 1-0)

 

[2] Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart 2019

Petra Kvitova in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Best Result: Quarter-final 2012, 2015

Coming off a win in Stuttgart, it was always going to be a tough draw for Kvitova, who ended up in a Madrid final rematch in the quarter-final against Bertens. It might not have been the best play from both, but it was the Dutchwoman who got the better of Kvitova, who at least comes back to Rome after an absence of a couple of years.

On paper, Kvitova’s draw only gets tricky if we get the treat of an Australian Open final rematch – something that has been brewing a few times this season, but never quite happened. However, she has some stiff opposition who can slip and slide their way around a clay court.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Lesia Tsurenko (Kvitova leads H2H 2-0)
  • R3: Anett Kontaveit [14] (Kvitova leads H2H 4-2)
  • QF: Ashleigh Barty [8] (Kvitova leads H2H 4-1)
  • SF: Karolina Pliskova [4] (Kvitova leads H2H 3-1)
  • F: Naomi Osaka [2] (Osaka leads H2H 1-0)

 

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[3] Simona Halep

Simona Halep in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, WTA Indian Wells 2019

Simona Halep in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, WTA Indian Wells 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Best Result: Final 2017,2018

Interesting that twice being the bridesmaid in Rome preceded a deep low and then an ultimate high at Roland Garros when Halep finally lifted the title having fallen short twice. On paper Halep could have another deep run as she will hotfoot it over from Madrid where she is bidding for a third Madrid title (at the time of writing) and could do the double as perfect preparation in her favourite time of year.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Barbora Strycova (Halep leads H2H 5-1)
  • R3: Wang Qiang [15] (Halep leads H2H 2-0)
  • QF: Sloane Stephens [7] (Halep leads H2H 7-2)
  • SF: Naomi Osaka [1] (Halep leads H2H 4-1)
  • F: Petra Kvitova [2] (Halep leads H2H 3-1)

 

[4] Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova in the semi-final of the Australian Open 2019, Melbourne | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Best Result: Quarter-final 2017

For a season that started quite promisingly with a final and semi-final Down-Under, continuing into the spring with quarter-finals and the Miami final, a viral illness has laid the Czech low since then. Her Stuttgart defence came to an opening end, and she could only manage one win in Madrid.

She has said that she has had the go-ahead from doctors to compete on Rome, and will have one more show to get some clay in her shoes before Roland Garros, and with two-time champion Elina Svitolina coming back from injury, she could well equal her best showing here.

Pliskova’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Ajla Tomljanovic (Pliskova leads H2H 2-1)
  • R3: Madison Keys [13] (First Meeting)
  • QF: Elina Svitolina [5] (Pliskova leads H2H 5-3)
  • SF: Petra Kvitova [2] (Kvitova leads H2H 3-1)
  • F: Naomi Osaka [1] (H2H Tied at 2-2)

 

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The Internazionali BNL d’Italia takes place between 12-19 May (BST +1 hour).

 

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