The 2010 Rome Internazionali BNL d’Italia women’s 1st round singles matches will continue today from 1pm local time in Rome. The remaining 15 1st round matches plus one 2nd round match will be played on 6 different courts.
The 2 main stadium courts in Rome are called Campo Centrale and Campo Nicola Pietrangeli. “Campo” is the Italian word for “court” and “centrale” means centre. The umpiring in Rome is spoken in Italian, however, the scores are announced in Italian first and then repeated straight afterwards in English.
The Italian words for the tennis scoring terms are:
- Love = zero
- 15 = quindici
- 30 = trenta
- 40 = quaranta
- deuce = parita’
- advantage = vantaggio
- all = pari
- game = gioco
So when you hear “trenta pari”, it means 30 all.
Campo Nicola Pietrangeli is named after the man who is often considered the best Italian player ever. Pietrangeli won 2 French Open titles at Roland Garros and was also a runner-up twice, all of these results were achieved between 1959 and 1964.
Pietrangeli won Rome Internazionali BNL dÍtalia in 1957 and in 1961. In 1961 he defeated Rod Laver in the final 6-8, 6-1, 6-1 , 6-2. Pietrangeli’s 73rd birthday in 2006 was when he was honoured by having the stadium court named after him.
The one 2nd round match to be played today is between No.5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Kirilenko. Kuznetsova won the 2009 French Open title by defeating Dinara Safina in the final, whereas in last year’s Rome final it was Safina who defeated Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova also made the final of Rome in 2007 but was defeated by Jelena Jankovic.
Jankovic is pictured above unwinding into this forehand drive in the 2010 Stuttgart event. The former World No.1 will be a player to watch this week because she has consistently performed well in Rome in the past. Last year she made the quarter finals before losing to Kuznetsova and prior to that the Serbian won Rome back to back in 2007-08.
One last minute change to the draw has occurred which created way for a Lucky Loser (LL) to take a spot in the draw. No.10 seed Samantha Stosur withdrew after playing in the final against Justine Henin in Stuttgart, Germany. The lucky loser spot was awarded to Pauline Parmentier because she was the highest ranked player to lose in the final round of the qualifying event.
The 1st round results thus far are as follows:
- Kirilenko d. (WC) Oprandi 6-1 6-3
- (14) Petrova d. Garbin 6-3 6-2
- (9) Azarenka d. (Q) Karatantcheva 6-1 6-4
- Petkovic d. Dushevina 6-3 6-0
- Hercog d. (Q) Arn 6-3 6-3
- Martinez Sanchez d. Kudryavtseva 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
- (WC) Camerin d. Zheng 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
- Brianti d. Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
- Kvitova d. (15) Zvonareva 6-4 6-0
The women’s 1st round matches to be played today are:
- Sandra Zahlavova v. Timea Bacsinszky
- (10) Samantha Stosur (LL) Pauline Parmentier v. Dominika Cibulkova
- Gisela Dulko v. Patty Schnyder
- (WC) Corinna Dentoni v. (16) Shahar Peer
- (11) Yanina Wickmayer v. (Q) Karolina Sprem
- (Q) Ayumi Morita v. Aravane Rezai
- (Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands v. Melanie Oudin
Yaroslava Shvedova v. (Q) Bojana Jovanovski
Ana Ivanovic v. Elena Vesnina
- (Q) Varvara Lepchenko v. Katarina Srebotnik
- Sara Errani v. Alexandra Dulgheru
- Roberta Vinci v. Alisa Kleybanova
- Lucie Safarova v. Olga Govortsova
- (Q) Akgul Amanmuradova v. (12) Flavia Pennetta
- (13) Francesca Schiavone v. Daniela Hantuchova
The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match.
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