Dasha’s first round opponent at Internazionali BNL d’Italia is Barbara Strycova from the Czech Republic – No. 18 in the WTA ranking and seed No. 14. This will be the first match between the players.
This is Dasha’s second appearance in Rome. Last year she managed to reach the third round where she lost to the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. Besides, Rome is Dasha’s fourth clay tournament of the season. In April she won Premier tournament in Charleston and lost in the first round of Stuttgart. Last week she played in Madrid where she lost the first-round match to Roberta Vinci – the players needed three sets to determine the winner.