Wimbledon woes for Italy’s top players

Italy’s best singles tennis players have crashed out of Wimbledon, after Andreas Seppi lost in straight sets to Argentine Juan Martin Del Porto.

Wimbledon woes for Italy’s top players
Andreas Seppi lost on the seventh day of the tournament. Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Ranked 28th in the men’s singles, Seppi proved no match for the Argentine, who last year won an Olympic bronze medal behind British Andy Murray and Switzerland's Roger Federer.

Sara Errani, Italy’s best female tennis player who ranks fifth in the women’s singles, failed to make it past day one of the singles draw.

Italy’s hopes were further dashed when Roberta Vinci, an impressive world number one in women’s doubles and ranked 11th in the singles, was thrashed by China's Na Li.

Monday proved darker still for Italy, as Karin Knapp lost to France's Marion Barolti, while Belgium's Kristen Flipkens beat Flavia Pennett.

The Italians could yet make a comeback however, as Errani and Vinci hold the top spot in women’s doubles and play in the third round on Tuesday.

Francesca Schiavon could also restore the country’s reputation on the lawn in mixed doubles, as on Tuesday she will play alongside American Rajeev Ram in the second round. 

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Serena Williams pulls out of Italian Open in Rome

Former world number one Serena Williams has pulled out of next week's Italian Open in Rome, organizers confirmed on Wednesday.

Serena Williams pulls out of Italian Open in Rome
Serena Williams winning her last Italian Open in 2016. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Last week the 23-time Grand Slam winner pulled out of the Madrid WTA event due to a fever.

The American tennis star made her comeback in February, six months after giving birth to baby Olympia, when she competed at Indian Wells and Miami, but has admitted she is struggling to get fully fit.

A statement on the tournament's Twitter feed read:

Williams has won the Rome title four times in 2002, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Rome was also the city where she met her husband Alexis Ohanian, and also the city where he proposed.

Serena Williams celebrates her first Italian Open title in 2002. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Williams, 36, will now be a doubt for the French Open in Paris from May 27th to June 10th. She has won the title three times, most recently in 2015.

She won the Australian Open while pregnant and returned in February alongside her sister Venus in a US Fed Cup first-round tie. She lost to Venus in the third round at Indian Wells and to Japan's Naomi Osaka at Miami.

If she were to make her Grand Slam comeback at Roland Garros, it would be without having played a match on clay since 2016. 

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Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP