ROME, Italy – With semifinals action wrapping up at the Mutua Madrid Open, all eyes are on the Eternal City after the singles draw was revealed for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
Under the arches of the famous Coliseum, Roberta Vinci, Deborah Chiesa and Dominika Cibulkova were on hand to take part in the ceremony – here are a few of the matchups that await at the year’s second Premier 5 event.
PROJECTED ROUND OF 16
Angelique Kerber – Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – Simona Halep
Dominika Cibulkova – Kiki Bertens
Madison Keys – Svetlana Kuznetsova
Johanna Konta – Venus Williams
Kristina Mladenovic – Garbiñe Muguruza
Elina Svitolina – Elena Vesnina
Barbora Strycova – Karolina Pliskova
EARLY MATCHES TO WATCH
Christina McHale vs Maria Sharapova: The former Rome champion took a wildcard into the event and kicks off against American Christina McHale. Sharapova has shown fine form since her return to WTA action in Stuttgart, where she reached the semifinals.
Lucie Safarova vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni: Former French Open finalist Safarova will take on the veteran Lucic-Baroni, who has backed up her Cinderella run at Australian Open with a pair of semifinal appearances in Acapulco and Charleston.
 Simona Halep vs Naomi Osaka or Laura Siegemund: Halep has found her range on clay, reaching the final at the Mutua Madrid Open for the third year. In Rome, she’ll start against the winner between big-hitting teenager Osaka and Stuttgart champion Siegemund.
 Dominika Cibulkova vs Ekaterina Makarova or Roberta Vinci: Last year’s Madrid finalist Cibulkova will open her Rome campaign against either former Top 10 player Ekaterina Makarova or Roberta Vinci, an Italian veteran who will enjoy home support on her favorite surface.
 Karolina Pliskova vs Carla Suárez Navarro or Lauren Davis: Pliskova has yet to advance past the second round at a clay court tournament, and she’ll have her work cut out for her in Rome, where she’ll start against Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro or Auckland champion Lauren Davis.