Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta are all in action on day four of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.
WTA Staff
May 16, 2018

ORDER OF PLAY

Play starts at 11am on all courts unless stated

 

CENTRALE

Starting at noon

After 3 Men's Singles matches

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

After Men's Singles match

Not before 9pm 
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [3] v Daria Gavrilova (AUS)

NEXT GEN ARENA

Sloane Stephens (USA) [9] v Kaia Kanepi (EST)

After Men's Singles match

Not before 2pm
Venus Williams (USA) [8] v Elena Vesnina (RUS)

PIETRANGELI

Simona Halep (ROU) [1] v Naomi Osaka (JPN)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [6] v Maria Sakkari (GRE)

After 2 Men's Singles matches

Not before 6pm 
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [2]

COURT 2

Timea Babos (HUN) v Caroline Garcia (FRA) [7]

Not before 12.30pm
Donna Vekic (CRO) v Madison Keys (USA) [13]

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Angelique Kerber (GER) [11]

COURT 3

After Men's Doubles match

Not before 2pm 
Johanna Konta (GBR) v Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)

COURT 4

Starting at noon

Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [14] v Danielle Collins (USA)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Anett Kontaveit (EST)

Not before 3.30pm 
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [15] v Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

COURT 6

Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v Monique Adamczak (AUS) / Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)

Andreja Klepac (SLO) / María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) [7] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)

Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN) v Andrea Sestini Hlavackova (CZE) / Barbora Strycova (CZE) [2]

MATCH POINTS

Maria Sharapova and Dominika Cibulkova are level at three wins apiece in previous meetings. The Slovakian triumphed in three of their last four meetings - including their last, at the 2014 Australian Open - but Sharapova was victorious in their only previous Rome encounter, winning in three sets in the second round in 2008.

Venus Williams has won just two of her six meetings with Elena Vesnina. The pair have met once in each of the past six years, Williams' 2014 Dubai and 2015 Auckland wins sandwiched by Vesnina victories at Wimbledon (2012) and Cincinnati (2013) and in Miami (2016) and Indian Wells (2017). Both of the American's wins came in two sets, whereas three of Vesnina's four triumphs came in three-setters.

Naomi Osaka hopes to repeat her Indian Wells success over Simona Halep from earlier this year, the Japanese storming to semifinal success in just over an hour. That was Halep's first defeat to Osaka, having won each of their three previous matches, at the French Open in 2016, the Miami Open a year later and the Australian Open earlier this year.

Caroline Wozniacki meets Alison van Uytvanck for the first time, seeking to reclaim the World No.1 spot from Simona Halep. To do that, the Dane needs Halep to make an exit before the quarterfinal stage this week and also to at least match the Romanian's progress herself.