2012 Rome WTA Singles Results    


  WTA May 14-20: Rome

Internazionali d' Italia Alice Cup
Rome, ITA  PREMIER 5 $2,166,400
56m/32q/28d outdoor: red clay
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n1 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS
n3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
n5 Samantha Stosur AUS
n6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n7 Marion Bartoli FRA
n8 Na Li CHN
n9 Serena Williams USA
n11 Francesca Schiavone ITA
n13 Sabine Lisicki GER
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#8 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday in Rome, in the final of the Internazionali d' Italia Alice Cup (aka the Italian Open), the 2011 Rome champion (and last month's champ at Stuttgart), 25 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residences: Manhattan Beach, CA & Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2011 French Open champion, 30 year old 8th seeded #8 (career high: #4) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) (Na is shown during the match; Maria is shown with the hardware afterward).

    Maria's prize is $385,000; Na's prize is $192,000.

    The match was not cleanly played, apparently due to the inclement weather. Maria struck 20 winners with 59 unforced errors (including 10 double faults) while totaling 109 points in the match. Na hit 21 winners with 56 errors (5 DFs) and scored 110 points in the match.

    After winning the 1st set, Na took a 4-0 lead in the 2nd. But Maria won 10 of the next 11 games to win the 2nd set, and take a 4-1 lead in the third.
    Although it was raining quite hard in the 3rd set, both players wished to continue playing. Na recovered to reach 6-6, then play was suspended due to the rain. When the players returned to the court, Maria had regrouped and won the tiebreaker.

    Maria said: "I don't mind rain. Actually I like it... Today the court was wet and slippery when we came back, but the umpire told us it was our decision, and both of us wanted to keep going...
    "This is a great win for me going into Roland Garros. I know the level [Na] played there last year, and the level she can play on clay—the way she defends and moves around and gets herself back into position—she's just a great player on any surface really. So this gives me a lot of confidence." WTA story - postmatch interview

    Na said: "Obviously it's tough to rest for two hours and then play again, but I still have many positive things from this match. Playing a tough match like that showed me I'm strong, and physically I felt great. I can take a lot of positive things away from this week and I think I'm ready for the French Open.
    "We both had our chances today, but in the end [Maria] was just better." postmatch interview

    Maria now leads Na 7-4 in career matches.. Their most recent meeting was in March on a Laykold hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Key Biscayne (Miami), when Maria defeated Na 6-3, 6-0.

    2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria is now 26-16 in WTA singles finals; she won last month at Stuttgart and last year at Rome and Cincinnati. Maria had a 43-14 singles match record last season; she is 29-5 in 2012, losing only to Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka (twice), Agnieszka Radwanska, and Angelique Kerber.

    2011 French Open champion and Australian Open finalist Na is now 5-7 in WTA singles finals; she won at Sydney last year, at Birmingham in 2010, at Gold Coast in 2008, and at Guangzhou in 2004. Na had a 32-17 singles match record last year; she is 21-8 in 2012.


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Italy News

Rome: The 56-player main draw for Rome has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw.
    Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

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2012: On Sunday & Monday (May 13-14) in Rome, Caro Wozniacki signed James Bond's watch (well, a big photo of the model Ian Fleming said Bond wears...)
and top seeds including #1 Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and 2011 Rome champion Maria Sharapova alerted the media...
Rome, 1st Rnd, Mon-Tue 11am Mon WTA story - Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $5,800 US; points: 1
n9 s9 Serena Williams USA d n42 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Serena and Galina driving forehand and backhand

    Serena said: "Galina played really well. I can see why she has started doing much better. I like her game—she tries different things and is a great fighter."

*n41 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n11 s10 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Francesca ready to swat a forehand, and Ekaterina about to connect with a backhand

*n39 Marina Erakovic NZL d n13 s11 Sabine Lisicki GER 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 Tue
n14 s12 Angelique Kerber GER d n92 q Anastasia Rodionova AUS 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 Mon

    Angelique said: "It was very tough conditions because some of the court had shadows, some was sunny, and it was windy. And Anastasia played very well—I was just thinking to fight and play point by point, and I'm very happy I won.
    "I love playing on red clay. I grew up on it. Last week the blue clay in Madrid wasn't so bad, I made the third round, but it's good to be back on red!"

n15 s13 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-4, 6-3 Mon

Ana driving a forehand, and Svetlana and Ana driving backhands

    High winds affected play. Ana said: "It was difficult at times, and the gusts of wind would come out of nowhere, but it was the same for both of us. I just tried to move and adjust to it, and look at the ball and move forward when I needed to."

n16 s14 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n112 q Mirjana Lucic CRO 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n46 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n18 s15 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) Tue

Jelena watching her serve fly, and Sorana driving a forehand

*n21 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n19 s16 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-1, 7-6(2) Tue
*n108 wc Karin Knapp ITA d n20 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 Tue
*n53 Shahar Peer ISR d n22 Shuai Peng CHN 7-6(4), 4-6, 3-1 retired Mon

Shahar's forehand drive

n24 Sara Errani ITA d n445 sr47 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-0, 3-0 retired Tue
n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n38 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n27 Julia Goerges GER d n54 q Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-1, 6(1)-7, 6-3 Mon

Julia serving

n29 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n75 q Olga Govortsova BLR 7-5, 6-4 Tue
n30 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n33 Jie Zheng CHN 6-2, 6-1 Mon
n31 Nadia Petrova RUS d n117 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*n50 Iveta Benesova CZE d n32 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(5) Mon
*n36 Christina McHale USA d n34 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Christina's forehand drive

*n57 Vania King USA d n43 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-0, 6-1 Mon
*n72 wc Venus Williams USA d n47 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Venus driving a forehand

    Venus said: "I was really happy to finish in two sets. It was windy and there were shadows too, so it was kind of tough to see the ball sometimes, which was difficult. So I was happy I was able to finish the match well today."

*n58 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n48 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n51 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n59 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-4, 7-6(3) Mon

Jarmila and Chanelle driving backhands

*n60 q Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n97 wc Alberta Brianti ITA 6-2, 6-1 Tue
n82 q Sloane Stephens USA d n367 sr59 q Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Tue

Rome, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed Tue WTA story - Wed WTA story - Wed 2
losers' prize: $11,300 US; points: 70
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n53 Shahar Peer ISR 6-1, 6-2 Wed

Shahar and Victoria driving forehand and backhand

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n36 Christina McHale USA 7-5, 7-5 Tue

Maria driving a forehand, and Christina ready to swat one

    Maria trailed 1-4 in the 1st set. Maria said: "It was really about adjusting today. I made too many unforced errors in the first part of the match and [Christina] was playing extremely consistently. Maybe I was trying to hit too many winners then. But I was fortunate enough to win that first set and get back into it in the second set. It was close. She has certainly improved since last time I played her."

*n29 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 Wed

Petra driving a backhand

    Petra is now 4-0 against Aga. Petra said: "I like to play with [Agnieszka]. She plays really intelligently. I just played a great match today. I didn't make too many mistakes—she didn't do too many either. Maybe there were just some important moments I did better."

    Agnieszka said: "Petra played very well today. She's a good player on a slow court. I couldn't finish a ball—she was running very well."

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-5, 6-4 Tue

Petra about to swat a forehand

    Petra said: "I have to say I was nervous before the match. I saw how [Anastasia] was playing in her last match, and also I lost the last time I played her, which wasn't a nice memory going into this one. It was tough for me at the beginning, but I'm happy I won, and I have things to improve on for the next match."

n5 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS d n24 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 7-5 Wed

Samantha's forehand drive

*n30 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n6 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 4-0 retired—respiratory illness Wed

Anabel and Caro driving forehand and backhand

    Caroline said: "I have some fever and sore throat, just not feeling great—that makes it even harder to play someone like Anabel on clay. I started feeling not great last night. I always get allergies when I come here. It's unfortunate. I'll just try to get some rest now and then get ready for the French Open."

*n27 Julia Goerges GER d n7 s7 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Julia driving a forehand

n8 s8 Na Li CHN d n50 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-1, 7-5 Wed

Na's forehand drive

n9 s9 Serena Williams USA d n31 Nadia Petrova RUS 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Serena and Nadia driving forehand and backhand

    Serena said: "When I lost the first set, I just thought, 'Stay in there and just don't give up, you'll have a chance.' I just didn't want to give up. I never do want to give up, nor have I ever wanted to give up. I wanted it today."

n14 s12 Angelique Kerber GER d n57 Vania King USA 6-3, 6-2 Wed
n15 s13 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n60 q Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 6-1 Wed

Ana watching her backhand fly

n16 s14 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n108 wc Karin Knapp ITA 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 Wed
n21 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n82 q Sloane Stephens USA 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Flavia serving, Sloane about to swat a backhand, and Flavia after match point

*n51 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n39 Marina Erakovic NZL 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 Wed
*n72 wc Venus Williams USA d n41 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 7-6(7), 6-1 Wed

Katya and Venus driving backhands

    Venus said: "I really had to buckle down and stop making so many mistakes in the first set. Once I did that, it was good."

n46 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n58 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Rome, 3rd Round, Thu 11am WTA story - 2
losers' prize: $22,000 US; points: 125
*n16 s14 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR walkover—shoulder injury
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n15 s13 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-6(4), 6-3

Maria and Ana driving forehand and backhand

    Ana held six set points in the 1st set, but could not convert one. Maria said: "I started the match off really slowly. It was really important for me to get back into that set. When [Ana] had the set points I think I was more consistent in those moments, and that paid off. Ultimately it helped me with my confidence later when she was up a break again in the second set."

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n46 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Petra's backhand drive

    Petra said: "Sorana made many mistakes and her shots were flying in the first set, but then she started to be more precise in the second set. I tried to come back in the second set, I was down 5-1 and got to 5-all, but she won it. But I started waiting for the right shots again in the third. I'm happy to win today."

*n72 wc Venus Williams USA d n5 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-3

Venus and Samantha driving forehand and backhand

    Reaching the quarterfinals makes Rome Venus's best tourney since returning to play this year after being sidelined last September by Sjögren's Syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain.

    Venus said: "Every match is a lesson and a challenge for me. I think that all wins are great wins nowadays. I've had to get used to a lot of things and I'm still figuring out a lot. I'm making adjustments at the beginning of every week."

n8 s8 Na Li CHN d n51 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 7-6(3), 6-2

    Na said: "I have to say I'm happy with what I'm doing on court right now. Last year I was up and down, up and down. And again today I was up 5-2 and lost concentration for a while, but I'm glad I got it back for the tie-break."

n9 s9 Serena Williams USA d n30 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-1

Serena volleying a forehand

n14 s12 Angelique Kerber GER d n27 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-1
n21 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n29 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-0, 6-1

Flavia after match point

Rome, QFs, Fri noon
losers' prize: $44,250 US; points: 225
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n72 wc Venus Williams USA 6-4, 6-3

Venus and Maria driving forehands

    Maria said: "I am very happy with the way I played today... Its good to see a player like [Venus] back and playing... she is experienced enough to know what she needs to come back." postmatch interview

*n14 s12 Angelique Kerber GER d n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-1

Angelique driving a backhand, and Petra and Angelique driving forehands

n8 s8 Na Li CHN d n16 s14 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-1, 7-6(4)

Domi and Na driving forehand and backhand

    About playing Serena Williams in the semifinals, Na said: "[Serena] has a huge serve, and is a good mover, and I am looking forward to play against her, not to lose or win, but as a challenge." postmatch interview

n9 s9 Serena Williams USA d n21 Flavia Pennetta ITA 4-0 retired—right wrist injury

Flavia serving, Serena driving a backhand, and Flavia in pain from her wrist injury

    Serena said: "I hope [Flavia] feels better soon... But of course it's always difficult to be injured. She was playing so well." WTA story

    About playing Li Na in the semifinals, Serena said: "Li Na is the defending French Open champion, and she is a really good test to play against, because she is a good all-round player." postmatch interview

Rome, SFs, Sat noon WTA story
loser's prize: $95,100 US; points: 395
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n14 s12 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 6-4

Maria ready to lightly tap a forehand, Angelique driving one, Maria driving another, and after match point

    Maria said: "It was a tough match today, and I'm looking forward to another tough one tomorrow."

    Angelique said: "Maria played very well today. I tried the best I could, but she was playing very well. She was the better player today."

    About the final, Maria said: "I've had tough times against [Na]. I won the last time in Miami, but I had lost a couple in a row before that, and was happy to turn things around. Tomorrow is a new match—I hope to play like I did in Miami."

n8 s8 Na Li CHN d n9 s9 Serena Williams USA walkover—back injury

    Serena said: "I had some problems with my lower back earlier in the week—it was feeling a little stiff, and I don't think it's the right moment to force it. It's just life. I've been playing a lot, and my body is just getting used to playing a lot of matches again, that's all."

    Na said: "Of course I'm happy to be in the final, but I knew [Serena] was having some problems. It's very bad luck for her. I hope she can get healthy again in time for the French Open and come back to the court."

    About the final, Na said: "Maria has been playing many matches on the clay, so she knows how to use it. I'm really looking forward to the final. It's going to be tough."

Rome, Final, Sun 1:45pm+
loser's prize: $192,000 US; points: 620
winner's prize: $385,000 US; points: 900
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n8 s8 Na Li CHN 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)

Maria serving, Na driving a forehand, Maria following a backhand, and after match point

Rome, Doubles Final, Sun 11:30am
losers' prize: $55,000 US
winners' prize: $110,000 US
s3 Roberta Vinci & Sara Errani d Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 7-5

Rome, Qual Finals, Sun May 13 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,650 1pt; q2 $3,200 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n54 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n197 Nastassja Burnett ITA 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4
n60 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n104 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 6-3
*n75 Olga Govortsova BLR d n63 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-2, 6-1
*n82 Sloane Stephens USA d n66 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-2, 6-4
*n92 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d n73 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-2, 6-4
*n367 sr59 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d n77 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
n112 Mirjana Lucic CRO d n127 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-3, 6(7)-7, 6-4
n117 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n119 Paula Ormaechea ARG 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Rome, Withdrawals
n10 Vera Zvonareva RUS right shoulder injury
n12 Andrea Petkovic GER torn right ankle ligaments
n17 Daniela Hantuchova SVK left foot stress fracture
n26 Kaia Kanepi EST bilateral foot injury
n37 Polona Hercog SLO low back injury


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