ROME, Italy -- A host of top players and former champions are slated to contest the 2019 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, as the star-studded entry list for the Premier 5-level tournament has been released.
Two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina will be back in Rome to go for the hat-trick of titles, along with the woman she defeated in the 2017 and 2018 finals, World No.2 Simona Halep. Reigning French Open champion Halep is seeking her first title at the Foro Italico.
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World No.1 Naomi Osaka is at the top of the list, as the 43 highest-ranked players on the current WTA rankings have entered the prestigious clay-court event. Osaka picked up her first-ever match victory at Rome last year, but lost to Halep in the second round.
Four-time champion and former World No.1 Serena Williams is also on the entry list. The 11th-ranked American can tie the record of most women's singles titles won at Rome, currently held by five-time champion and compatriot Chris Evert.
Alongside Osaka, Halep, and Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber, Kiki Bertens, Sloane Stephens, Ashleigh Barty, and Aryna Sabalenka are the Top 10 players who are all signed in for Rome. Halep, Pliskova, and Kerber have all reached World No.1 in their careers.
Williams and Svitolina are joined by three-time titlist Maria Sharapova as the former champions on the entry list. Previous finalists Madison Keys and Carla Suárez Navarro are also in the mix for the title.
Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki is also found in the entries, as well as prior French Open champions Garbiñe Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko. This year's breakthrough star, Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu, is also scheduled to make her debut in Rome.
World No.29 and top-ranked Italian Camila Giorgi will fly the flag for the home country in the draw. Giorgi has yet to pass the second round at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.