One of the worlds most ancient cities is the last stop for many ahead of Roland Garros. The site in Rome is one of the most beautiful settings for tennis and the atmosphere is always quite something!
Who needs a good run before the second major of the year?
Injury has halted her clay court season missing Stuttgart and her stay in Madrid was a short lived one with a 6-4 7-6 defeat against Pauline Parmentier in the first round. Eli usually does very well in Rome having won it for the previous two years but it will be a challenge this year without a clay court win coming into the tournament and it is the last chance to put something together before she heads to Roland Garros and can hopefully contend at the latter stages of a slam.
Another one who has seen her last month halted. She came down with a virus and had to skip Stuttgart and then the Czech number two turned up to Madrid with little practice once again and was seen off in two tight sets against Kuzlova.
Pliskova has surprised us in the past on clay as we wouldn’t really have it down as one of her strong surfaces but she has proved with a semi final spot in Paris, Madrid and a title winner in Stuttgart in the past.
Angie is another who has seen her preparations halted and it shows. I think in all honesty we’re still waiting for her best and I hope we see it soon. I’ve seen quite a bit of her matches this year and in quite a few defeats she has lost matches you would usually put her favourite in and that bite has been missing.
She has had injuries this year and had to pull out of Madrid with an ankle injury so here’s hoping she can find something for Rome.
Her clay record isn’t great, she does have quarter final points to defend in both Rome and Paris in the coming weeks but her year on year results have been up and down.