news ATP Internazionali BNL d'Italia

When: May 12th to May 18th, 2008
Event Venue: Foro Italico in Rome, Italy
Surface: Clay/Outdoors
Prize Money: $2,450,000
Defending Champion: Jelena Jankovic of Serbia

The ATP Internazionali BNL d’Italia, commonly known as the Italian Masters, is well underway at Rome’s Foro Italico.

The tournament is divided into two weeks of tennis action. The men took to the courts last week with Novak Dokovic taking top honors, and this week we will see the women battle it out in the Italian capital.

Aside from being a sign that the summer months have truly arrived, the tournament is one of the most prestigious on both the men’s and women’s circuits. It attracts the cream of the tennis world, who are all aiming to put finishing touches to their game at the start of the summer outdoor season.

So far Rome’s Foro Italico has seen some exciting action with the men and is continuing to see some very impressive tennis from the ladies side.

Patty Schnyder (9) vs. Mariya Koryttseva
Ekaterina Makarova leads Nicole Vaidisova (13), 6-4, 1-2
Maria Kirilenko leads Nadia Petrova (18), 3-6, 7-5, 2-1
Victoria Azarenka def. Sybille Bammer (19), 6-1, 6-3
Tsvetana Pironkova def. Klara Zakopalova, 6-4, 6-2
Roberta Vinci def. Kaia Kanepi, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
Kateryna Bondarenko vs. Tathiana Garbin
Vera Dushevina vs. Alize Cornet
Katarina Srebotnik vs. Flavia Pennetta
Dominika Cibulkova def. Gisela Dulko, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4

Serena Williams (5) vs. Alona Bondarenko
Venus Williams (7) vs. Samantha Stosur
Marion Bartoli (8) vs. Virginie Razzano
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Enjoy the action in Rome, Staff


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