All Roads Lead to Rome: WTA Rome Draw Preview

Rome hosted one of the WTA’s most thrilling finals last year, and one of its most stylish champions.

Starting one day later than the simultaneous ATP tournament, the second WTA Premier Five tournament of 2013 brings all of the top ten women to the Foro Italico.  Many of them will seek a fresh start following weeks in Madrid that ended sooner than they had hoped, although the world No. 1 will aim simply to continue from where she left off.

First quarter:  For the second straight year, Serena Williams arrives in Rome on the heels of clay titles in Charleston and Madrid.  To continue her winning streak, Serena may need to survive some friendly fire from older sister Venus, who would meet her in the second round for the first time.  The all-Williams match might not happen if Laura Robson finds her footing on Monday against Venus, suffering from a back injury recently.   Robson displayed the confidence that she needs to defeat a star of this caliber when she upset Radwanska in Madrid.  Also impressive there was Ekaterina Makarova, the nemesis of Azarenka, who could meet Serena in the third round.  The clay skills of Robson and Makarova do not equal those of former Roland Garros semifinalist Dominika Cibulkova, but the latter has struggled with injuries this spring.  In Miami, though, Cibulkova took a set from a disengaged Serena before fading sharply when the American awakened.

The only blot on Serena’s otherwise spectacular second half of 2012 came against Angelique Kerber, who defeated her in Cincinnati.  This German lefty reached the semifinals of Rome last year, an achievement that she can equal only by repeating her Cincinnati victory.  While those prospects seem slim, Kerber may fancy her chances of reaching the quarterfinals.  Nadia Petrova, the seed closest to her, has performed well below her ranking for most of 2013.  More threatening to Kerber are two women who have produced sporadically excellent results this year, Carla Suarez Navarro and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.  This pair collided in the Portugal Open final, where Pavlyuchenkova prevailed, and they could meet again in the second round with the winner advancing to face Kerber.

Semifinalist:  Serena

Second quarter:  Two top-five women who combined to win one total match in Madrid both look to thrust that disappointment behind them by advancing deeper into the Rome draw.  Sporting a new blonde hairstyle, Agnieszka Radwanska likely will open against a woman who also has experimented with a variety of coiffures in Svetlana Kuznetsova.  More relevant to their meeting, Kuznetsova’s resounding victory over Radwanska at Roland Garros last year suggests that her far superior clay talents could cause an upset.   The thirteenth-seeded Roberta Vinci performed impressively on hard courts this year, reaching the semifinals in Dubai and the quarterfinals in Miami, but strangely she has earned fewer successes on the clay that favors her playing style.  Perhaps the local crowd’s enthusiasm can spur this veteran with a strong Fed Cup resume.

Toppled in the first round of Madrid by a lucky loser, Li Na suffered her first unexpected reverse of an otherwise consistent season.  That shock may have spurred her to raise her vigilance for early tests in Rome, possibly highlighted by Jelena Jankovic.  The Serbian former No. 1 has not faced Li since 2009, when she won both of their meetings, and they have not met on clay for seven years.  After an eye-opening start to the spring, however, Jankovic reverted to her unreliable self when the action shifted to Europe, and she has lost all three of her clay matches against second-round opponent Caroline Wozniacki.  Hardly a dirt devil herself, Wozniacki defeated Li on a hard court last fall but has lost their most important meetings so far.  The Chinese star also has held the upper hand recently against both Radwanska and Kuznetsova, positioning her for another strong week at a tournament where she held championship point last year.

Semifinalist:  Li 

Third quarter:  No clear favorite emerges from a section with three members of the top ten and a former Roland Garros champion.  Again situated in the same eighth with Samantha Stosur, Petra Kvitova shares the Aussie’s 2013 pattern of stumbling into dismal setbacks just as momentum starts to swing in her favor.  Kvitova has won all four of their meetings, should that third-round match develop, and she also should feel confident in her ability to outshoot the equally erratic Sabine Lisicki.  Many of the matches in this section will feature short points punctuated by ferocious hitting, a contrast to what one normally expects from clay.  This seemingly benign early draw could allow Kvitova to settle into the tournament and find her baseline range, which she has showcased on clay before.

The lanky Czech’s most significant clay win to date, the Madrid title in 2011, came at the expense of the woman whom she could meet in the quarterfinals.  During a string of marquee collisions that year, Kvitova regularly bested Victoria Azarenka on all surfaces, although they have not met since then.   The world No. 3 predictably lacked rhythm in Madrid, the first tournament that she had played since Indian Wells.  But the ankle that sidelined Azarenka seems healthy again, and she will need the mobility that it provides to weather a Serb surging with confidence.  A semifinalist in Madrid, Ana Ivanovic has reached that round in Rome as well, claiming an ailing Azarenka as one of her victims en route.  Vika won their 2012 meetings convincingly, taking command of a matchup that had troubled her before.

Semifinalist:  Kvitova

Fourth quarter:  The two-time defending champion in Rome, Maria Sharapova finds herself ideally situated to break Italian hearts.  As early as the third round, the world No. 2 could release her angst from another loss to Serena by pouncing on Flavia Pennetta or Francesca Schiavone.  An unfortunate quirk of the draw aligned these aging former Fed Cup teammates to meet in the second round, assuming that Sloane Stephens continues her post-Melbourne swoon.  Heavy hitters Garbine Muguruza (a qualifier, but a notable rising star) and Kiki Bertens round out a section through which Sharapova should cruise unless Pennetta can roll back the clock several years.

The world No. 2 also may look forward to a quarterfinal reunion with Sara Errani, the supporting actress on stage when Sharapova completed the career Grand Slam last year.  More than just the Roland Garros flavor of the year, the top-ranked Italian backed up her surprise fortnight with hard-court achievements yet still plays her best tennis on clay.  Last week, Errani even flustered Serena for a set despite the massive power differential, and she has grown more competitive with Sharapova in their latest meetings.  A quarterfinalist in Madrid and a qualifier in Rome, Anabel Medina Garrigues survived a three-hour epic against Yulia Putintseva to reach the main draw.  This Spaniard opens against Maria Kirilenko, less assured on clay, and could meet surface specialist Varvara Lepchenko afterward.  Throughout this quarter, contrasts of styles could unfold between Sharapova and the counterpunchers set to face her.

Semifinalist:  Sharapova

 

233 Responses to All Roads Lead to Rome: WTA Rome Draw Preview

  • Karl Jobst says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I really think this amazing site needs much more attention. I’ll
    probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

  • Here is a superb Weblog You may Locate Intriguing that we Encourage You

  • Bu durum da İnstagram takipçi siteleri tarafından verilen ücretli takipçi
    artırma olanakları ile sağlanabilmektedir.

  • Excеllent post. I was checking continuously this Ƅlog аnd I amm impressed!
    Very useful informatiօn specially the last part
    :) I caгe for such info a lot. I was ѕeeking this particular info for a very long time.
    Thajk you and beѕt of luсҡ.

    Also visit my weblog :: luxury homes in bloomington minnesota

  • Karine says:

    Conste M., que puedes redactar de lo que quieras!

  • I really love your blog.. Great colors & theme.
    Did you make this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping to
    create my very own site and want to know where
    you got this from or just what the theme is named. Many thanks!

    my homepage; MLB Perfect Inning 15 Hack

  • Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across
    this board and I to find It really helpful & it helped me out much.
    I am hoping to offer one thing back and aid others like you helped me.

  • Bonny says:

    A great deal of helpful advise on this web site, really want a
    steam shower [Bonny] unit inside my bathroom

  • Buddhistlent says:

    Here is an excellent Blog You might Uncover Fascinating that we Encourage You

  • I have been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article
    like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made
    good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful
    than ever before.|
    I could not refrain from commenting. Well written!|
    I will immediately clutch your rss as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription hyperlink
    or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please allow me know so that I may subscribe.
    Thanks.|
    It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting
    things or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this
    article. I want to read more things about it!|
    It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the longer term and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve read this submit and if I could I want to recommend you few fascinating issues
    or suggestions. Perhaps you could write subsequent articles referring to this article.
    I want to read more things about it!|
    I have been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I by no means
    discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It’s pretty value enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made just right content as you probably did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.|
    Ahaa, its pleasant dialogue on the topic of this piece of writing at this place at this blog, I have read all that, so now me also commenting here.|
    I am sure this paragraph has touched all the internet viewers, its really really fastidious piece of writing on building up new website.|
    Wow, this post is pleasant, my younger sister is analyzing these kinds of things,
    therefore I am going to let know her.|
    bookmarked!!, I really like your site!|
    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this post plus the rest of the website is very good.|
    Hi, I do believe this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it ;
    ) I will come back yet again since i have book-marked it.

    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.|
    Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough
    to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appearance.
    I must say you’ve done a excellent job with this. Additionally, the blog loads
    super fast for me on Chrome. Excellent Blog!|
    These are truly great ideas in on the topic of blogging.
    You have touched some nice things here. Any way keep up wrinting.|
    Everyone loves what you guys are up too. This kind
    of clever work and coverage! Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve
    you guys to my blogroll.|
    Hi! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with
    us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m book-marking
    and will be tweeting this to my followers! Terrific blog and
    great design and style.|
    I love what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the good works guys I’ve added you guys to blogroll.|
    Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with?

    I’m looking to start my own blog in the near
    future but I’m having a tough time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and
    Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs
    and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Sorry
    for being off-topic but I had to ask!|
    Howdy would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this
    blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a fair price?
    Thanks, I appreciate it!|
    I like it when people come together and share ideas. Great site,
    continue the good work!|
    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement
    account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable
    from you! By the way, how can we communicate?|
    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Ie.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with browser
    compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The layout look great
    though! Hope you get the issue solved soon. Many thanks|
    This is a topic which is near to my heart…
    Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details though?|
    It’s very trouble-free to find out any topic on web as compared to books, as I found this post at
    this web site.|
    Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating
    it but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve
    got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.|
    Hola! I’ve been reading your site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you
    a shout out from New Caney Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!|
    Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during
    lunch break. I love the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take
    a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, excellent site!|
    Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand a lot approximately this, like you wrote the guide in it or something.

    I feel that you just could do with a few p.c. to drive
    the message home a little bit, however instead
    of that, this is excellent blog. A fantastic read.

    I will certainly be back.|
    I visited many blogs but the audio quality for audio songs current
    at this web site is truly fabulous.|
    Hi there, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious
    if you get a lot of spam feedback? If so how do you protect against it,
    any plugin or anything you can suggest? I get so much lately
    it’s driving me mad so any support is very much appreciated.|
    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It is the little changes that produce the most important changes.
    Thanks for sharing!|
    I absolutely love your site.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Did you develop this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping
    to create my own website and want to know where you got this from or just what the theme is called.
    Thanks!|
    Hi there! This blog post could not be written any better!

    Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this post to him.
    Fairly certain he’s going to have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!|
    Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s
    on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same
    layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!|
    There is certainly a lot to learn about this issue. I like all
    the points you’ve made.|
    You made some decent points there. I checked on the web for more info about the issue and found most people will go along
    with your views on this web site.|
    Hello, I log on to your blog like every week. Your story-telling style is witty,
    keep doing what you’re doing!|
    I simply could not go away your site prior to suggesting that I really enjoyed the usual info an individual supply in your guests?
    Is going to be again continuously in order to check out
    new posts|
    I needed to thank you for this excellent read!!
    I absolutely loved every little bit of it. I have you book marked to check
    out new stuff you post…|
    Hi, just wanted to mention, I liked this post.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!|
    Hi there, I enjoy reading all of your post. I like to write a little comment to support you.|
    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this webpage’s articles or reviews every day along with a cup of coffee.|
    I always emailed this webpage post page to all my friends, as if like
    to read it afterward my contacts will too.|
    My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net
    from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of
    the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less.

    I’ve been using Movable-type on various websites for about a year and am worried
    about switching to another platform. I have
    heard great things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into
    it? Any help would be really appreciated!|
    Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after going through a few of the posts I
    realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!|
    Wonderful work! This is the type of info that are supposed to be shared around the internet.

    Disgrace on Google for no longer positioning this submit higher!
    Come on over and consult with my web site .
    Thanks =)|
    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it
    helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.|
    Hello, I think your site could be having browser compatibility problems.
    Whenever I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues.
    I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Apart from that, wonderful blog!|
    A person necessarily lend a hand to make seriously
    posts I’d state. This is the very first time I frequented your website page and so far?
    I surprised with the research you made to create this particular publish incredible.
    Fantastic task!|
    Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board
    and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I’m hoping
    to provide something again and aid others like you helped me.|
    Hello! I simply would like to offer you a huge thumbs up for your
    great info you have got right here on this post. I am returning to your web site for
    more soon.|
    I all the time used to study piece of writing in news
    papers but now as I am a user of net therefore from now I am using net for articles, thanks to web.|
    Your way of telling everything in this post is genuinely good, all be able to effortlessly be aware of it, Thanks a lot.|
    Hi there, I discovered your blog by the use of
    Google whilst looking for a related topic, your site got here up, it looks great.
    I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, just changed into alert to your blog through Google, and located that
    it is truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels.
    I’ll appreciate in the event you proceed this in future.
    A lot of folks shall be benefited out of your writing.
    Cheers!|
    I’m curious to find out what blog platform you’re utilizing?
    I’m having some minor security problems with my latest
    blog and I would like to find something more safe.
    Do you have any recommendations?|
    I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one today.|
    I am extremely inspired with your writing abilities and also with
    the format in your weblog. Is that this a paid subject matter or did you modify it your self?
    Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to peer a nice blog
    like this one today..|
    Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue along with your web site in internet explorer, could check this?
    IE nonetheless is the market chief and a good component of
    folks will leave out your great writing due to this problem.|
    I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but
    great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding
    more. Thanks for excellent info I was looking
    for this info for my mission.|
    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my website thus i
    came to “return the favor”.I am trying
    to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok
    to use a few of your ideas!\

  • Your school will let you know how much it’s possible you’ll borrow and the
    varieties of loans you might be eligible to receive.

  • Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.

    Is it tough to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out
    pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not
    sure where to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions?
    Appreciate it

  • Hey I know this is off topic but I was wonderіng if yoս knew
    of any աidgеts I could add to my blog that automatically tweet
    my newest twitter updateѕ. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this
    fߋr quite some tije andd ԝas hoping maybe you would
    have some experience with something luke this. Pleаse let me know if you run intо anything.
    I trulу enjoy reading your blkog and I loook forward to yoսr new uƿdates.

    Also visit my web-sіte finding duluth homes

  • Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post.
    Thank you for providing this information.

  • money loans says:

    Howdy! I realize tɦіѕ іs sort of οff-topic hοwever Ӏ neeԁed tto ask.
    Doees operating ɑ աell-established website ѕuch as yours taҡe
    a massive amоunt wօrk? I am brand neԝ tߋ running a bloog however I do writе in my diary
    everyday. ӏ’d lіke to start ɑ bblog ѕo I can share my experience ɑnd views online.
    Please lеt mе know if youu have aany kind oof ideas օr tiops for
    new aspiring blog owners. Аppreciate іt!

    Visit my webpage – money loans

  • En plus d’etre equipe de tout un arsenal d’outils pour realiser des preparations liees au monde de la patisserie et
    de la boulangerie, certains robots haut de gamme font egalement office de robot multifonction en integrant tout un tas de fonctionnalites relavant
    de la cuisine quotidienne.

  • Here are some of the sites we advise for our visitors

  • I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.

    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get
    bought an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following.

    unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case
    you shield this increase.

    Here is my weblog Sniper 3D Assassin Cheats

  • Manual Flin says:

    although web-sites we backlink to below are considerably not connected to ours, we really feel they are essentially really worth a go by, so possess a look

  • and136.com says:

    I feel that is among the such a lot vital information for
    me. And i am happy reading your article. But wanna statement on some normal issues, The website style is perfect, the articles is truly great :
    D. Excellent process, cheers

  • Bradley says:

    Splive acepta listas de reproducci?n tipoxml que pueden ser creadas por ti e incluso encontradas en foros tem?ticos diferentes webs de Internet.

  • The simple fact of the concern is actually that psychics today have to cope
    with a whole lot much more than simply a 10 min tarot memory card result.

    Feel free to surf to my web site: http://163.23.91.129/

  • we prefer to honor quite a few other net websites on the internet, even though they aren

  • My partner and I stumbled over here different web address and thought I
    may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you.
    Look forward to looking over your web page again.

    My website … Inner Trading Circle

  • Clairvoyant to the Celebrities – Amongst her clients” that is actually asserted she has the rich and the renowned.

    Here is my blog post – http://www.ideassinlimite.com

  • Is a prime online destination for Android APK Hacks and game information downloads!

    My weblog; kill shot hack tool download no survey

  • This signifies that as ann investor, you currently know the dangers and payoffs aheaad
    oof time, which makes it really attractive.

    Also visit my site; binary options signals software

  • Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your blog.
    You have some really good articles and I think I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some content for your blog
    in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an e-mail if interested.

    Thanks!

  • - Stabilite assuree par 4 pieds ventouses.

  • It is rather simple to make use of simply obttain it and join your device to your laptop using a USB cable.

    Here is my web page shadow fight 2 hack apk 1.7.5

  • web says:

    Howdy, I think your blog could possibly be having internet browser compatibility issues.
    When I take a look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues.
    I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Apart from that,
    fantastic site!

  • We exist as a obtain resource for players.

    Look at my web blog shadow fight 2 hack android without root

  • Website says:

    You should know the topic that’s best fitted to both you and your website.

    There’s a misunderstanding that paid for subjects are not worse in relation to the kinds that are free,
    however this is not always the case as free subjects have always been known to appear and even work better than some of the paid-for
    alternatives.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


six × = 6

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>