Agnieszka Radwanska is the only absent player in the WTA Rome entry list. The Polish won’t play the Premier 5 event for the fourth year in a row, she made her last appearances in 2014. Radwanska, who dropped to the 30th place of the rankings, will play just Istanbul and Madrid prior to the Roland Garros.
In Rome 41 of the best 42 players are committed to play, plus three who, like in Madrid, used the protected ranking: Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Laura Siegemund.
The American will be back at the Foro Italico for the first time since 2016, when she won her third title ever here. Azarenka, a 2013 finalist, is not sure yet about her clay-court season due to her son’s custody. Maria Sharapova won’t need a wild card unlike last year, as she is the last player to directly enter in the main draw.
Last year Elina Svitolina beat Simona Halep in the final. Roberta Vinci will play here in front of her crowd the last tournament in her career. Camila Giorgi didn’t enter in the alternates list because of her legal issues with the federation.The tournament takes place from 14 to 20 May 2018.