2015 WTA Rome Italian Open Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


  WTA May 11-17: Rome

Internazionali d' Italia Alice Cup
Rome, ITA  PREMIER 5 $2,513,000
56m/32q/28d outdoor: red clay
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n1 Serena Williams USA
n2 Simona Halep ROU
n3 Maria Sharapova RUS
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
n5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n7 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n11 Angelique Kerber GER
n12 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
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#12 Carla Suarez Navarro
5' 4" 137lb RH 1H-BH

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

    On Sunday at Rome, in the final of the Internazionali d' Italia Alice Cup (aka the Italian Open), the 2012 & 2011 Rome champ (and 2015 champion at Brisbane), 28 year old 3rd seeded #3 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2015 finalist at Miami (and the 2014 Oeiras champ), 26 year old 10th seeded #12 (career-high: #10) Carla Suarez Navarro from Barcelona, Spain, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 (Carla is shown during the match; Maria is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Maria's prize is €400,250 (about $455,512 US); Carla's prize is €199,750 (about $227,329 US).

    Carla broke Maria's serve in the first game of the 3rd set, but Maria then won six straight games to finish out the match.

    Maria said: "It wasn't easy to find a rhythm out there, with the way [Carla] plays, and the wind. I really had to adjust. But I'm proud I was able to stay in there. I never felt I was playing very clean until the end of the third set. So it shows that it's good to hang in there, and just stay positive out there. In the end I was the fresher one, and the more aggressive one, so it's all a positive. And looking at how I started the clay court season in Stuttgart and where I am now, I feel I'm in a much better spot." WTA story

    Carla said: "I'm playing some good tennis right now. Maria was just too good today. It was a really close match, and I started really well, but at the end of the second set she started playing more aggressive, and I think that was the key."

    Maria now leads Carla 4-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in January of this year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Brisbane, when Maria defeated Carla 6-1, 6-3.

    Maria is now 35-23 in WTA singles finals, and has a 26-5 match record this season. Carla is now 1-8 in WTA singles finals, and has a 31-10 match record for the year.


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Italian Open,  Rome, Italy

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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.

Tennis stadia at Foro Italico, Viale delle Olimpiadi Latitude: 41.929318 Longitude: 12.457477

2015: On Monday, May 11, in Rome, Ana Ivanovic and Caro Wozniacki (making faces by request) were among the players alerting the media...
Rome, 1st Rnd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: € 6,020; points: 1
n11 s9 Angelique Kerber GER d n27 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 6-3 Mon
n12 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n39 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Tue
*n22 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n13 s11 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-4, 6-0 Mon
n14 s12 Lucie Safarova CZE d n43 LL Anna K Schmiedlova SVK 7-6(6), 6(3)-7, 6-4 Tue
n15 s13 Sara Errani ITA d n56 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 7-6(4) Mon

Sara eyeing a backhand

n16 s14 Venus Williams USA d n66 q Katerina Siniakova CZE 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Venus driving a backhand

n17 s15 Madison Keys USA d n35 Madison Brengle USA 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n18 s16 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n34 Camila Giorgi ITA 7-5, 7-5 Tue
n19 Sabine Lisicki GER d n38 Sloane Stephens USA 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n21 Elina Svitolina UKR d n25 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Elina driving a forehand

*n64 q Christina McHale USA d n23 Barbora Strycova CZE 7-6(5), 6-1 Mon

Christina's forehand drive

*n41 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n26 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 7-5 Mon
*n67 q Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n28 Caroline Garcia FRA 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2 Tue
*n45 Alison Riske USA d n30 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-4, 6-3 Mon
n31 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n57 LL Lucie Hradecka CZE 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 Tue

Vika delivering a forehand

n32 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n52 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-5, 6-1 Mon
*n80 q Daria Gavrilova RUS d n33 Belinda Bencic SUI 6(2)-7, 7-5, 6-2 Tue
n37 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n109 q Urszula Radwanska POL 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 Tue
n40 Heather Watson GBR d n46 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 6-1 Mon

Heather watching her forehand fly

*n50 LL Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n47 Monica Puig PUR 7-5, 6-2 Tue
n49 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n89 q Elena Vesnina RUS 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(14) Mon
n51 wc Karin Knapp ITA d n73 wc Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Karin following a forehand

n54 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n750 wc Nastassja Burnett ITA 6-3, 7-6(5) Mon
n71 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n112 q Misaki Doi JPN 6(2)-7, 6-3, 6-3 Tue

Rome, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed
losers' prize: € 11,710; points: 60
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n41 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-1, 6-3 Tue

Serena meeting the press on Sunday

n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n45 Alison Riske USA 6-3, 6-0 Wed

Simona's forehand drive

    Simona has been troubled by injury recently. Simona said: "I feel good, I feel I have no pain anymore, I have just a little bit of contraction in the muscle but I think it's good now. I can run, I can play, I can do everything." WTA story

n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS d n49 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-2, 3-1 retired Tue

Maria driving a forehand

    Maria said: "[Last week at] Madrid was really the start of my clay court season. My preparations started a little bit later this year than in previous ones. I have to take my time and get into a groove, it's been a while since I've played that many matches within a span of six days. It was good to feel the physicality of it again... I came up short against Svetlana [Kuznetsova] but it was good to have those matches because this will be the last preparation before the French Open." WTA story

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n51 wc Karin Knapp ITA 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(1) Wed
*n31 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 7-6(2) Wed

Vika and Caro driving forehand and backhand

    The win raised Victoria's match record against Caroline to 6-4. Vika said: "There are never too many surprises out there, for either of us. We've played so many times now, and this year too, and she's always a tough opponent. It had been a while since we played on clay, so I knew I had to step up my game and try to do my best, because she's been playing well." WTA story

n6 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n32 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-3, 6-4 Wed

    The win ended Genie's six-match losing streak. Genie said: "It's been an up and down kind of year for me. I started out well, but I haven't been playing so well in matches in the last couple of months. It's frustrating, because I've been doing better in practice and I've been doing better in the gym. So I just feel it'll come. And I don't want to freak out about it." WTA story

*n80 q Daria Gavrilova RUS d n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB 5-7, 7-6(2), 7-6(7) Wed

Daria and Ana driving forehand and backhand

n8 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n50 LL Kristina Mladenovic FRA 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Wed
*n37 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n11 s9 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 6-3 Wed
n12 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n40 Heather Watson GBR 6-1, 6-1 Wed
*n71 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n14 s12 Lucie Safarova CZE 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) Wed
*n64 q Christina McHale USA d n15 s13 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-4 Wed
n16 s14 Venus Williams USA d n21 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-4, 6-3 Wed
*n67 q Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n17 s15 Madison Keys USA 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Wed

Bojana following a backhand

n18 s16 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n54 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-4, 7-6(2) Wed
*n22 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n19 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-4, 6-3 Tue

Rome, 3rd Round, Thu 11am
losers' prize: € 22,800; points: 105
*n64 q Christina McHale USA d n1 s1 Serena Williams USA walkover—right elbow injury

    Serena said: "It actually started a little bit in Madrid last week. I wasn't serving my best. I have to be able to serve and hit my shots with a lot of confidence, and when you're injured, you don't have that much confidence. It's so important to have it when you go up against any player out there, whether it's in my match today or in the final of a Grand Slam. You just really need it. It wasn't an easy decision. I talked with my coach and he said it wouldn't be very smart for me to play, and that we have to make the right decision for the future, and not for now. I told him that I hate quitting, but then he told me this isn't about quitting, it's about making the best decision." WTA story

n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n16 s14 Venus Williams USA 6-2, 6-1

Simona after match point

n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS d n67 q Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-3, 6-3

Maria serving

    Maria said: "Today I just had to be very patient and solid. I had a tricky opponent and not easy conditions. The wind was pretty swirly out on the court, so I just had to stay steady. Despite a couple of breaks back and forth in the second set, I was really happy to finish so strongly." WTA story

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n18 s16 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-3, 6-2

Petra driving a forehand

*n12 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n6 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6(2)-7, 7-5, 7-6(2)
*n71 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n8 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-4, 6-3

Alexandra driving a backhand

*n80 q Daria Gavrilova RUS d n22 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-4, 7-6(0)
n31 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n37 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 5-7, 6-1

Rome, QFs, Fri noon
losers' prize: € 46,000; points: 190
n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n71 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-1, 6-0

Simona driving a backhand

    Simona said: "Today it was a pretty good match, I was very solid. [Alexandra] was tired as well because she had many long matches before today, so I had an advantage over her. It's not easy to play against one Romanian, but during the match you forget against who you play, just go on court and do your job." WTA story

n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS d n31 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-3, 6-2

Vika fielding a backhand, and Maria driving one

*n12 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 6-2

Carla driving a forehand

    Carla said: "I think that I played really solid. But sometimes I was aggressive, which is important against Petra because she hits the ball so well. I was focused on my game and fighting for each point... I'm playing much more aggressive now. I am also feeling much more confident and just enjoying every match I play." WTA story

*n80 q Daria Gavrilova RUS d n64 q Christina McHale USA 6-2, 6-4

Rome, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: € 99,870; points: 350
*n12 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

Simona driving a backhand, and Carla fielding a forehand

    The 3rd set opened with 8 consecutive breaks of serve. Carla said: "We were breaking serve all the time, but it's because we were both returning very well. I think we were just playing really good tennis today, at a very good level. It was tough for me, it was tough for Simona. But I'm really happy with the way I finished the match today." WTA story

    Simona said: "Her style is to hit the ball very high. It disturbs me, and I couldn't hit anymore in the third set." ESPN story

    About the final, Carla said: "Maria is very good mentally. She plays aggressive in the important moments, and serves really well in the important moments. She focuses so well, which is really important."

n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS d n80 q Daria Gavrilova RUS 7-5, 6-3

Daria running down a forehand, and Maria ready to lightly tap one

*n12 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 6-2

Rome, Final, Sun 1:30pm+
loser's prize: € 199,750; points: 585
winner's prize: € 400,250; points: 900
n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS d n12 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Maria serving, Carla fielding a forehand, Maria driving one, and after match point

Rome, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: € 55,948
winners' prize: € 110,770
s3 Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic d s1 Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-3

Rome, Qualifying Finals, Sun May 10 11am
losers' prizes: q1 € 1,720 1pt; q2 € 3,350 20pts; qualifier 30 points
*n89 Elena Vesnina RUS d n43 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
*66 Katerina Siniakova CZE d n50 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)
*n109 Urszula Radwanska POL d n57 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 6-4
*n71 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n59 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
*n64 Christina McHale USA d n60 Lauren Davis USA 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
*n112 Misaki Doi JPN d n61 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-3, 6-4
*n67 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n62 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 5-7, 7-4
*n80 Daria Gavrilova RUS d n69 Sílvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Rome, Withdrawals
n9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL right hand injury
n10 Andrea Petkovic GER gastrointestinal illness
n20 Garbine Muguruza ESP right shoulder injury
n24 Shuai Peng CHN injury
n29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS left thigh injury
n44 Casey Dellacqua AUS

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