WTA Roma – Tuesday, May 16, 2017 final results

Sharapova up again, this time in a night match.

Internazionali BNL d’Italia

RomestatuePlace: Rome, Italy
Dates: May 15-21, 2017
Category: WTA Premier 5
Prize Money: $2,775,745
Draw size: S56 – D28
Surface: Clay

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Final results

Singles, second round

[5] Johanna Konta (GBR) def Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 63 60 
[7] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) def Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 61 76 (3)
[16] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) def [WC] Maria Sharapova (RUS) 64 36 12 retd

Singles, first round

1. [Q] Daria Gavrilova (AUS) def [10]Madison Keys (USA) 26 75 75
Julia Goerges (GER) def [13] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 76 (6) 75

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) def Timea Babos (HUN) 62 62
[Q] Catherine Bellis (USA) def Misaki Doi (JPN) 64 76 (6)
[15] Kiki Bertens (NED) def Monica Niculescu (ROU) 26 62 61
Lauren Davis (USA) def Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 57 63
[Q] Anett Kontaveit (EST) def [Q] Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 64
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) def Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 61
[Q] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) def Shelby Rogers (USA) 63 64
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) def Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 64 64

Doubles, first round

Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Saisai Zheng (CHN) def [5] Karolina Pliskova / Barbora Strycova (CZE) 06 64 [10-8]

[ALT] Olga Savchuk / Elina Svitolina (UKR) def Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Chen Liang (CHN) 64 62
Eri Hozumi / Miyu Kato (JPN) def Samantha Stosur (AUS) / Shuai Zhang (CHN) 62 64
[WC] Jelena Jankovic
(SRB) / Andrea Petkovic (GER) def [WC] Deborah Chiesa / Stefania Rubini (ITA) 75 62
Lara Arruabarrena / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) def Daria Gavrilova (AUS) / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 36 64 [11-9]

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10 thoughts on “WTA Roma – Tuesday, May 16, 2017 final results

  1. Gutless decision by the French Federation on Maria that is totally out of line with the rest of the pro tennis establishment. They didn’t have the balls to torpedo her in a live news conference… they had to do it on Facebook!!!
    Rosmalen, Mallorca, Stuttgard, Madrid, Rome, Birmingham didn’t have a problem with it….
    I hope it rains in Paris for 2 weeks non-stop….

    • Calling a press conference to announce a qualifying wild card would have been way out of line.
      The FFT regularly does things like this on Facebook Live. They even broadcast a live 90-minute debate between the three main candidates during the presidential campaign last winter.

      I hope you can recognize the MASSIVE different between WTA events (even joint events) that need all the help they can get to bring in attendance for the women, and a major Grand Slam event. It is apples and oranges.

    • I applaud the French Open’s decision to not award Sharapova a wild card. I think all the tournaments that did give her wild cards are the gutless ones. Whether or not anyone agrees that she cheated, she was found guilty, originally & on appeal. Giving her wild cards sends the wrong message to every other player. If another player is ever found guilty, she will have to be given wild cards too, or it will be a case of preferential treatment. I know that money is the main factor in the awarding of the wild cards, but all of these tournaments went ahead with no problems last year. At least, I did not read about any of them having financial problems without Sharapova being there. I’m happy to see that the FFT had the courage to show some integrity, & to stand up for anti-doping in tennis.

      • 1) Of course it’s preferential treatment. She’s a multiple Grand Slam winner, and one of the few female players that actually might sell tickets. Other players have been suspended for doping – Barbora Strycova is the first who comes to mind. And she didn’t get that treatment. There was no benefit to the tournaments to do so because she wasn’t a Grand Slam champion, and very few people would buy tickets for a tournament specifically to see her play.

        2) Trust me, the vast majority of WTA-only tournaments have financial problems. Just because you didn’t read about it doesn’t make it any less so. It’s not the type of thing they would brag about and there isn’t much in the way of legitimate reporting in tennis save for a few outlets.
        As well, the joint events have issues with filling the seats for the women – as you no doubt saw with your own eyes if you watched any of Madrid last week.

        In Spain alone, every single WTA-only event they’re tried to put on has failed almost before it got started. Even with their female legends as tournament directors. Had they had the opportunity to give her a wild card, I’m sure they’d have jumped on it too. But they are defunct.

        3) The French Federation gave a wild card into the qualies to one of their own, Lestienne, who served a seven-month suspension for betting on 220 tennis matches. He knew, as we ALL know, that this is strictly prohibited because of the potential there to influence outcomes of matches. So if you think match-fixing is just as big a scourge as doping (and I’d argue it might be even worse and far more widespread), their “integrity” is selective.

      • Goldengirl:
        You better read the comments Steph made below. Maria did her time and you and the entire tennis community that cares about women’s pro tennis and indeed pro tennis in general should be thankful she is keen to return to the courts. Pro tennis certainly needs her more than she needs it. She is the most successful female sportsman bar none of this or any other century, and not just financially. And she has brains and business sense as well, sadly unlike the many young female pros that hit the courts out of high school and have no experience in the real world outside of bashing balls week in and week out at the various tournaments.
        Anyway, I am keen on the women’s pro game and it is shocking to see the empty seats… empty seats even in the later rounds and finals of just about all the great venues that the women play at …… Those idiots at the WTA should have their highest priority in making sure their product is available on TV in every nation on the most accessible network or cable infrastructure. Or at the very least on some streaming service that can be subscribed to.
        They should spent less time Nastase/Tiriac bashing and more time promoting and worrying about the health of the womens game.

        • They didn’t spend much time bashing Nastase/Tiriac. Only one short press release.
          But all the things you mention are side issues to the big issue.
          Maria Sharapova needs tennis just as badly. Or she wouldn’t have bothered to come back. I’m not sure you should be telling anyone what they should be thankful for.
          The judgment on whether it really is over and done with, that she “did her time”, is purely a matter of opinion. Of course she is free to return, but part of the punishment in this case is starting back from zero. I don’t think anyone (even the virulent anti-doping and anti-Sharapova people) would have much to say if she literally had started over from scratch.
          The optics that someone suspended for doping (even if there 50 shades of doping on the seriousness continuum) being not only welcomed back with open arms, but being given free passes to make that return easier, is not an insignificant issue to think over thoroughly.
          What it says, to those who take a firm stand on doping, is that if you’re a big enough deal, you’ll be completely forgiven and people will act like it never happened.
          I’m not sure, in today’s climate, that this is a positive message to send. And yet, that’s the message Simon has been sending.
          There are not very many good guys in this whole situation.
          I’m also not sure there is a “right” answer to all this.
          I know the internet always thinks in black and white about everything. And, consequently, the vast majority of people have begun to think that way too. Because you can’t put depth or sublety into 140 characters typed on your phone.
          But it’s not a black and white issue. Far from it.

          • I agree, Steph, that the main issue is that has has been welcomed back with open arms, & has been given the easy road back to pump up her ranking by being given wild cards. Come back in qualifying, work your way back up, no one would have complained, & no big controversy. Maybe she likes all the attention – good or bad????
            Note to stringer: I don’t think that you can call Sharapova the most successful female sportsman bar none of this or any other century. Her 5 Grand Slam singles titles do not stack up well against Serena’s 23 & her 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, not their head-to-head record. I am not a big fan of either player, but the numbers just do not support your statement.

          • He’s not talking about number of trophies won.
            He’s talking about her in terms of her global impact. Her crossover to areas way beyond tennis, and her total earnings on and off court. There are various definitions of success. Not all of them are purely on court.
            I think in that vein, you could make that argument for Sharapova – even if he obviously is a fan and went a bit overboard.

            As far as Sharapova goes, why would she start at the smallest tournaments, if she doesn’t have to? I don’t think that’s attention-related. Clearly her level was up to it.

  2. If changes are required to women’s tennis (because they play way more intense time at their craft per year than other sports) could we consider a players rights clause stating that they could not play two matches in consecutive days. I have noticed that Bouchard struggles in consecutive days, maybe others do as well and maybe it will dampen the tendency to go to stamina enhancing illegal drugs like melodium. Not an expert here but quite shocked at the level of failure among top ranked players and the level of injuries…

    • Pretty wacky theory.

      Including the fact that meldonium is “stamina-enhancing.” Still waiting for a study that says this is a fact.

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