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WTA Rome Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2018 live stream: Watch and bet on WTA tennis live from Rome

Live Tennis Staff in News 5 Dec 2017
  • 2018 Internazionali BNL d'Italia is live from Rome from 13-20 May
  • The Premier-5 Internazionali BNL d'Italia is the last major event of the clay-court season before the French Open
  • Elina Svitolina is the defending champion
Elina Svitolina. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The very best players in the world gather in Rome for the 2018 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the last major clay-court event before the French Open, live from the Foro Italico from 13-20 May


Internationali BNL d'Italia 2018 tournament schedule





Who is playing WTA Rome in 2018?


Elina Svitolina returns to defend her title, but she faces a stiff challenge as the best players in Rome put finishing touches to their preparations for the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros.

Svitolina, of course, has become one of the best players in the world- her Rome triumph being one of five titles she claimed in 2017. The Ukrainian came through a tough field to win last year’s title, taking down Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep to win the WTA Premier title.

Pliskova, Muguruza and Halep will again be in the draw, as they round up their preparations for the French Open.

Prior to Svitolina’s 2017 success, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova had split the last six Rome titles, three apiece, and it remains to be seen if both ladies will feature at this year’s tournament. Four-time champion, Williams missed last season’s Italian Open because of pregnancy, while Sharapova retired hurt in the final set of her second-round meeting with Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

The Russian was competing in just her third tournament back after the completion her 15-month doping ban. Also returning to Rome are WTA big guns Victoria Azarenka, who reached the final in 2013, and Petra Kvitova, who sat out last year’s tournament while she recovered from hand injuries sustained in a knife attack in December.

Other big names to look out for include Venus Williams, who won the title in 1999, Caroline Wozniacki, and Jelena Ostapenko, who proved her worth on clay with that stunning French Open triumph.


Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2018 WTA seeds

Check back here in May for a definitive list of seeds when the draw for the 2018 Internazionali BNL d'Italia is released.


About the Internazionali BNL d'Italia


Unlike the bright, ultra-modern  Mutua Madrid Open played at the Caja Magica, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia is all about tradition and has a good claim to be considered the second most prestigious clay-court event in tennis behind the French Open.

The roots of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia stretch back to 1930 when Spain’s Lili de Alvarez won the first Italian national championships. Played in Milan for four years, the tournament moved to the iconic, Benito Mussolini-built Foro Italico venue in northern Rome in 1935 and has been played there for all but three years since.

The women’s event was held two weeks before the men’s for many years before the events were combined in 2011, meaning that the Internazionali BNL d’Italia now comprises a Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5, all but guaranteeing the presence of all of tennis’s biggest stars for a stellar week of top-flight tennis.

While the list of champions at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia includes such luminaries as Maureen Connolly, Althea Gibson, Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters, nobody has won more titles in Rome than 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert. Evert leads the list of all-time Internazional BNL d’Italia winners with five titles, and has also appeared in the most finals (seven). Gabriela Sabatini and Conchita Martinez, who holds the record for most consecutive titles and finals, follow Evert closely with four Internazionali BNL d’Italia crowns to their credit.

Several active players have at least one WTA Rome title on their resume, starting with Venus Williams, who defeated Hingis in the 1999 final. Former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic won back-to-back Rome titles in 2007-8, just the fourth woman to do so at the Foro Italico, and one-time winners Dinara Safina (2009) and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (2010) followed suit.

Defending champion Maria Sharapova tied Serena Williams for most Italian Open titles held by an active player in 2015 when she won her third Rome crown: Her three-set victory over Carla Suarez-Navarro came after she defeated Sam Stosur in 2011 and Li Na in 2012. Williams, meanwhile, took her first title in Rome in 2002, and returned to the winners’ circle 11 years later in 2013, defeating Victoria Azarenka. Williams followed that victory up by a dominant win in 2014, taking out Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals and home favourite Sara Errani in the final. In 2015, she was forced to withdraw from the event with an elbow injury after round three, allowing Sharapova to get on level terms, but surpassed the Russian when she returned in 2016 to win her fourth title, beating younger compatriot Madison Keys in the final - while Garbine Muguruza foreshadowed her run to the French Open title two weeks later by making the semifinals. 

Last year's title went to Elina Svitolina, who beat a struggling Simona Halep in the final.


Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament information


Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament information

WTA Rome Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Dates13-20 May 2018
LocationRome, Italy
VenueForo Italico
SurfaceRed clay (outdoors)
ATP categoryMasters 1000
WTA categoryPremier 5
First played1930
Draw size (men)56 singles/24 doubles
Draw size (women)56 singles/28 doubles
Prize money (men)€4,300,755
Prize money (women)€2,399,000
Most titles (men)Rafael Nadal (7)
Most titles (women)Chris Evert (5)
Reigning men's singles championAlexander Zverev
Reigning women's singles championElina Svitolina
Reigning men's doubles Pierre-Hugues Herbert/ Nicolas Mahut
Reigning women's doubles championsMartina Hingis/Chan Yung-jan


Previous Internazionali BNL d'Italia champions

Previous WTA Rome winners in the Open Era

YearChampionRunner-up
1968Lesley Turner (2)Margaret Court
1969Julie HeldmanKerry Melville
1970Billie Jean KingJulie Heldman
1971Virginia WadeHelga Niessen Masthoff
1972Linda TueroOlga Mozorova
1973Evonne GoolagongChris Evert
1974Chris EvertMartina Navratilova
1975Chris Evert (2)Martina Navratilova
1976Mima JausovecLesley Hunt
1977Janet NewberryRenata Tomanova
1978Regina MarsikovaVirginia Ruzici
1979Tracy AustinSylvia Hanika
1980Chris Evert (3)Virginia Ruzici
1981Chris Evert (4)Virginia Ruzici
1982Chris Evert (5)Hana Mandlikova
1983Andrea TemesvariBonnie Gadusek
1984Manuela MaleevaChris Evert
1985Raffaella ReggiVicki Nelson-Dunbar
1987Steffi GrafGabriela Sabatini
1988Gabriela SabatiniHelen Kelesi
1989Gabriela Sabatini (2)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1990Monica SelesMartina Navratilova
1991Gabriela Sabatini (3)Monica Seles
1992Gabriela Sabatini (4)Monica Seles
1993Conchita MartinezGabriela Sabatini
1994Conchita Martinez (2)Martina Navratilova
1995Conchita Martinez (3)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1996Conchita Martinez (4)Martina Hingis
1997Mary PierceConchita Martinez
1998Martina HingisVenus Williams
1999Venus WilliamsMary Pierce
2000Monica Seles (2)Amelie Mauresmo
2001Jelena DokicAmelie Mauresmo
2002Serena WilliamsJustine Henin
2003Kim ClijstersAmelie Mauresmo
2004Amelie MauresmoJennifer Capriati
2005Amelie Mauresmo (2)Patty Schnyder
2006Martina Hingis (2)Dinara Safina
2007Jelena JankovicSvetlana Kuznetsova
2008Jelena Jankovic (2)Alize Cornet
2009Dinara SafinaSvetlana Kuznetsova
2010Maria Jose Martinez SanchezJelena Jankovic
2011Maria SharapovaSamantha Stosur
2012Maria Sharapova (2)Li Na
2013Serena Williams (2)Victoria Azarenka
2014Serena Williams (3)Sara Errani
2015Maria Sharapova (3)Carla Suarez Navarro
2016Serena Williams (4)Madison Keys
2017Elina SvitolinaSimona Halep


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