Swiatek tops the table, facing Andreescu Raducanu in the first round

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia’s draw came out on Friday as world number one Iga Swiatek topped a stadium featuring 19 of the top 20 players.

This will be the second consecutive Hologic WTA Tour 1000 event on the calendar, with the main draw taking place on Monday.

Possible Round of 16 by sowing:

[1] Iga Swiatek Vs. [16] Victoria Azarenka
[10] Emma Raducano vs. [5] Annette Kontaveit
[3] Arina Sabalenka vs. [13] Jessica Pegola
[12] Belinda Bencic vs. [7] Daniel Collins

[8] Garbiñe Muguruza vs. [9] Anas Jaber
[15] Coco Goff vs. [4] Maria Scary
[6] Karolina Pliskova vs. [11] Jelena Ostapenko
[14] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. [2] Paula Badusa

Watch the full draw here!

First Quarter

Defending champion Swiatek, like all of the top 8 seed, has an opening round bye. In the second round, you will face the winner of an all-American match between Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske. Swatic could face 2013 Roma runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the round of 16.

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Swiatek did not play his first WTA 1000 on clay of the season, as he withdrew from this week’s Mutua Madrid Open with a shoulder injury. But the Polish star remains undefeated in the WTA 1000 events in 2022, winning titles in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami during her rise to number one.

The bottom of the first quadrant is filled with interesting matches. Two US Open champions will face off in the first round, with US Open roster Emma Raducano taking on 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in their first meeting.

Whoever wins, he will face the winner of the match between Sarah Sorribes Tormo and another former US Open champion, Naomi Osaka. This opening is a rematch from Madrid, as Sorribes Tormo beat Osaka on their way to the quarter-finals.

The player who exits this division can face No. 5 seed Annette Kontaveit in the Round of 16.

Second Quarter

3rd seed Aryna Sabalenka is set to face Madrid finalist Jessica Pegula in the round of 16, if the rankings continue. Pegula will face big hitter Lyudmila Samsonova in the first round.

No. 7 seed Danielle Collins and No. 12 seed Belinda Bencic lie at the bottom of this quarter, as does Amanda Anisimova, the quarter-finalist in Madrid.

Roma 2020 champion Simona Halep, who has won nine singles titles on clay, will be in that segment as well. Halep will face Alizee Cornet in the first round in the rematch at the 2022 Australian Open.

Cornet knocked out Halep in Melbourne this year to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time. The winner of this match will meet Collins in the second round.

Third quarter

Seeded No. 4 Maria Scari and seeded No. 8 Garbiñe Muguruza are the top seeds of the third quarter. Muguruza, seeded 9, and Madrid finalist Anas Jabeur is likely to play in the round of 16.

Scary will play a tough second-round match against former US Open champion Sloane Stephens or Ekaterina Alexandrova, who reached the semi-finals in Madrid this week.

A player who exits this division could face a round of 16 with either the 15th seed Coco Gauff or Angelique Kerber. Gauff and Kerber will face off in a notable opening match. Kerber won their only previous match at Wimbledon last year.

Fourth quarter

The second seed, Paula Padusa, is the highest-ranked player in the final quarter of the lottery. She can meet Veronika Kudremetova in the second round. Padusa just beat Kudermova in the first round of Madrid.

A possible contender in the Round of 16 for this exit could be last year’s runner-up Roland Garros Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or last year’s US Open runner-up Leila Fernandez, who will play each other in the first round.

6th seed Karolina Pliskova, who has reached the last three Rome finals and claimed the 2019 title, also appears in the lower quarter.

Also in the quarter are 11th seed Jelena Ostapenko, this week’s Madrid semi-finals seed Gil Tikhman, and 18th seed Elena Rybakina, the highest ranked unranked player.


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