The 2010 Rome Open (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) main draw women’s singles draw was finalised in a ceremony matches begin on Sunday 2 May at 1pm local time in Rome and continue over 2 days, concluding at the end of play on Monday 3 May. There are 56 main draw spots divided up between 8 Qualifiers (Q), 4 Wild Cards (WC) and 44 Direct Acceptances.
Rome is the first major clay court tournament of the year in women’s tennis. Rome is a Premier FIVE category tournament on the WTA Tour and together with the 4 Premier Mandatory events, which makes 9 tournaments, you have the women’s tennis equivalent to the 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. For further details about the women’s event you can visit -> Rome Women’s Major Tournament and Rome Women’s Schedule of Play.
Only the Top 8 seeded players have a BYE in the 1st round, whilst seeds 9 to 16 must play in the 1st round. The Top 8 seeds await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches. The draw for the seeded players, if they all win through to the round of 16 is:
- (1) (WC) Serena Williams versus (15) Vera Zvonareva
- (10) Samantha Stosur v. (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova
- (4) Venus Williams v. (16) Shahar Peer
- (11) Yanina Wickmayer v. (7) Jelena Jankovic
…which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players who are seeded to meet are:
(6) Elena Dementieva v. (9) Victoria Azarenka
- (14) Nadia Petrova v. (3) Dinara Safina
- (8) Agnieszka Radwanska v. (12) Flavia Pennetta
- (13) Francesca Schiavone v. (2) Caroline Wozniacki
The 1st round matches from the top of the draw through to the bottom half of the draw are:
Sandra Zahlavova v. Timea Bacsinszky, Andrea Petkovic v. Vera Dushevina, Petra Kvitova v. (15) Vera Zvonareva, (10) Samantha Stosur v. Dominika Cibulkova, Alberta Brianti v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Maria Kirilenko v. (WC) Romina Oprandi, Gisela Dulko v. Patty Schnyder, Polona Hercog v. (Q), (WC) Corinna Dentoni v. Shahar Peer, (11) Yanina Wickmayer v. (Q), (Q) v. Aravane Rezai, (Q) v. Melanie Oudin, Yaroslava Shvedova v. (Q), Ana Ivanovic v. Elena Vesnina, (Q) v. (9) Victoria Azarenka, (14) Nadia Petrova v. Tathiana Garbin, (Q) v. Katarina Srebotnik, Sara Errani v. Alexandra Dulgheru, Roberta Vinci v. Alisa Kleybanova, Lucie Safarova v. Olga Govortsova, (Q) v. (12) Flavia Pennetta, (13) Francesca Schiavone v. Daniela Hantuchova, Alla Kudryavtseva v. Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez and (WC) Maria Elena Camerin v. Zheng Jie.
The player’s name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Where there is a (Q) no prediction is made, this is because it depends which player will take that spot. Once the qualifying is finalised, we will update which qualifiers go into the above spots reserved for qualifiers. The 4 wild cards went to 3 Italians and World No.1 Serena Williams who was originally not going to play in Rome, but then asked the tournament management for the wild card.
The Federazione Italiana Tennis (Italian Tennis Federation), gave 4 wild cards to Italians for the qualifying tournament and 3 into the main draw which means they have handed out 7 WTA ranking points (1 to each player).
There are now 9 Italian women in the main draw to go with the 3 wild cards recipients, Oprandi, Dentoni and Camerin. The 6 direct acceptances were No.12 seed Pennetta, No.13 seed Schiavone, Brianti, Garbin, Errani and Vinci. There are further 9 Italians in the qualifying draw, once we see how they fare and all results for that matter, are finalised (at the end of play on Saturday 1 May), we will update who qualified and who they play in the 1st round.
Pictured above is 20 year old Victoria Azarenka at the 2010 Stuttgart event. The 1.8m Belarusian is in position to go after this double handed backhand drive, she will need to recapture this intensity to match her performance at Rome in 2009. Last year Azarenka recorded her best result in Rome when she made the semi finals but has not had the results she had hoped for of late, despite her strong start to 2010.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Rome. Click this link for more details about both the men’s and women’s Rome events -> Rome 2010: April 24 – May 8.
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