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Ana Ivanovic takes on the newly-crowned ‘queen of clay’ Maria Sharapova today.
The pair will battle it out on Centre court for a place in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters.
Both seeded players are former world no.1s looking to stamp their name at the top of the rankings again.
The winner will go on to play Carla Suarez Navarro after she was awarded a walk-over when Simona Halep had to withdraw due to an abdominal injury.
Current world no.1 Serena Williams is also in action on Centre court today.
The USA star will face compatriot Varvara Lepchenko with the winner up against either Christina Mchale or Shuai Zhang.
Second seeded Li Na kicks-off on the Grandstand court against Smantha Stosur and Italian duo Sara Errani and Francesca Schiavone will be looking to give the home fans something to cheer about.
Errani takes on qualifier Petra Cetkovska and Schiavonne faces no.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.