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2137: That is it as for as WTA action is concerned for Monday, join us tomorrow where we will bring you another fascinating day’s play. Ciao! 2136: The match for Bertens. 6-1 the second set score but that does not reflect the efforts of Schiavone in the second, never gave up, fighting all the way to the end. Bertens will play Sloane Stephens or Flavia Pennetta in the second round. 2121: Schiavone is struggling with a wrist injury and Bertens is capitalising. She holds serve for a 4-1 lead. Schiavone surely won’t give up, she’s too much of a competitor to roll over. 2116: A topsy-turvy game from Schiavone but Bertens eventually breaks for a 3-1 lead. Can she close this match out from here? 2107: Both players lose their first service game of the second set – big surprise I’m sure you’ll agree. But Bertens has the first hold of the second set to lead 2-1. 2051: Schiavone looked in control of the tiebreak as she raced to a 4-1 lead, but back came Bertens, winning it 7-5, as the Italian netted at set point. 2044: They both do hold serve, although Bertens had to save set point. Tiebreak. 2033: Neither player can hold serve. Schiavone yells in delight as she brings it back to 5-5 with Bertens going long at break point. 2028: This peculiar first set continues as some aggressive returning from Bertens allow her to break again. She is serving for the first set at 5-4. 2025: The short break seems to have affected Bertens more as she struggles on her serve and Schiavone strikes to get things back on serve at 4-4. 2023: Delay is only a short one as power has returned. 2020: There has been a delay due to floodlight failure. Bertens leads 4-3. 2012: Not the start Schiavone or the whole of Italy wanted. Although she initially broke, she has now been broken back and lost her serve again as Bertens has the 4-2 lead in the first set of this match. 1940: Halep has the match 1 and 1. She will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round. 1928: It’s been a rather unexpected stroll for qualifier Halep. After winning the first set 6-1, she is 5-1 up in the second set with Kuznetsova serving to stay in the match. On Centrale, Schiavone and Bertens are about to emerge. It is the first meeting between the pair. 1806: Svetlana Kuznetsova’s match with Simona Halep has been switched to Pietrangeli. The next match on Centrale is not until 7.30pm when Francesca Schiavone takes on Kiki Bertens. 1802: Second bagel of this year’s Championships and it has gone to Jankovic. It was closer than the scoreline but Pironkova was second best. Jankovic through to a potentially mouthwatering second round tie with Caroline Wozniacki, if she can beat Bojana Jovanovski. 1750: Jankovic, the 2007 and 2008 winner remember, appears to be easing into the second round. She breaks the Pironkova serve early in the second set, and then saw off the Bulgarian’s best attempts to break straight back, and now has a 3-0 lead. 1732: Jankovic now eases to the first set against Pironkova, she has taken it 6-3. 1700: Excellent start for Jankovic who has got the early break against Pironkova. 1628: Ninth seed Sam Stosur has had a straightforward afternoon emerging victorious against Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-3. Shuai Peng is next for Stosur. Next on Supertennis is Jelena Jankovic and Tsvetana Pironkova in an intriguing match-up. Jankovic has won all four meetings. 1620: In 2008 after winning Junior Wimbledon, Laura Robson said: “I want to take Venus down.” Five years later she has done, winning on her third match point off Venus’ serve. She has destroyed the American superstar and produced a particularly dominant second set, adjusting her game to suit the conditions. Admittedly Venus looked out of sorts after injury but the 6-3, 6-2 scoreline appears to be thoroughly deserved. It’s spoilt the chance of Venus playing her sister Serena in the second round so Robson will now have a chance to take down a second Williams this week. 1610: A retirement to tell you about and it appears to be an unfortunate end for Ekaterina Makarova with Melanie Oudin, the qualifier, 4-2 up when she opted to shake hands. Oudin will face Kristina Mladenovic or Dominika Cibulkova next. Stosur has a second set break against Hsieh. 1609: Break for Robson and then a break for Venus who is still in this by the very skin of her teeth. 5-2 to Robson second set. 1601: That looks like being that as far as Venus Williams is concerned. Robson breaks for a 3-1 lead and then immediately holds serve for 4-1. Venus on the brink. 1550: With serve in the second set as Robson leads 2-1. What has Venus got left? Sam Stosur has taken the first set against Hsieh 6-2. And in the all qualifiers match, Mathilde Johansson has triumphed in three sets over Garbine Muguruza. 1541: Confident hold for Robson to lead 1-0 in the second. Just looking at the first set stats, Venus one break point won out of 11. Robson three out of four.  1537: One break back for Venus after Robson fails to take set point. But then Robson breaks the Venus serve for a third time to close out the set 6-3. It’s been far from a classic with both players struggling with the wind and Venus seemingly struggling with injury. 1527: A hold for Venus despite the blustery conditions. It’s 5-2 to Robson who will now serve for the set. Elsewhere Melanie Oudin has levelled up at one set all against Makarova. An early break for Stosur who leads Hsieh 2-1. 1524: 5-1 now to Robson but the Brit has to work to hold her serve there, saving several break points. Venus continues to be moving less than freely. 1517: Venus has her serve broken for a second time, with a third double fault. It’s not looking good for her as Robson takes a 4-1 lead. 1510: Some news, Angelique Kerber, the sixth seed, has withdrawn due to injury so Lourdes Dominguez Llino comes in as a lucky loser. 1507: Robson has broken the Venus serve and then holds  for a 3-1 lead. The American, who has struggled with a bad back, does not look entirely convincing out there. Plenty of women’s action out there now with Sam Stosur and Su-Wei Hsieh about to start. Stosur won the previous meeting 6-4, 6-0 in Dubai earlier in the year. 1453: Venus, sporting a pink, peach, black, white stripey number, will serve first against Laura, wearing a more moderate white top with black trim. Here we go. 1431: We now have Laura Robson against Venus Williams about to get underway on Centrale. This is the very first meeting between the pair. Just 15 ranking positions between 24th placed Venus and 39th placed Robson. Predictions? I’m going for Robson in straight sets. 1405: The biggest win of Nastassja Burnett’s career. She has eased to a remarkable 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Alize Cornet. The world number 141 will take on either Italian compatriot Roberta Vinci or Elena Vesnina in the second round. A good start for Ekaterina Makarova meanwhile on Court 1 with the early break and a 3-2 advantage over Melanie Oudin of America. 1353: We’re gearing up to the big match of the day – Venus Williams vs Laura Robson. Set to start around 2.30pm local time. Tweet from @FacebyMoJo: Robson will Unfortunately beat Venus Williams due to her back injury, she had practice in Mutua it’ll be 6-3 6-2 for Robson. Tweet your predictions to @ianbakersport. 1326: This is looking good for Nastassja Burnett, very good. She has won the first set 6-2 against Alize Cornet but not only that, she has the early break in the second set too. Shuai Peng has come through a difficult match with Mon
ica Niculescu, taking the final set 6-2. Peng will play Sam Stosur or Hsieh Su-Wei next up.  1253: A bit of joy for the home crowd on Pietrangeli with an early break for Nastassja Burnett, the Italian wildcard, against Alize Cornet. Shuai Peng is now level at a set all against Monica Niculescu. 1225: Around about the same time as Lisicki progressed, Morita also closed out victory over Cirstea 6-1, 6-3 and will next face Ana Ivanovic or Urszuka Radwanska. 1220: Lisicki is the first female winner in the first round. She has eased to a straightforward 6-1, 6-2 win over Mallory Burdette, although at times it appeared to be a harder match than the scoreline suggests. Petra Kvitova will be Lisicki’s opponent in the second round. 1207: Looking like a straightforward passage to the second round for Lisicki. She has broken Burdette in the second set and now leads by a set and 4-2. Niculescu has taken the first set against Shuai Peng 6-4. 1143: Lisicki, who rather surprisingly lost the only meeting between the two in Charleston this year, has comfortably taken the first set 6-1 against Burdette. Equally comfortably, Ayumi Morita of Japan has raced to a first set by the same scoreline up against Sorana Cirstea. More of a battle on Court 1, but Monica Niculescu has just broken Shuai Peng to take a 4-3 lead after 33 minutes on Court 1. 1118: Some more highlights on Monday… Sam Stosur against Su-Wei Hsieh at around 3pm on Supertennis followed by Jelena Jankovic against Tsvetana Pironkova. Do not forget we have an evening session here with Italian Franscesca Schiavone up against Kiki Bertens at 7.30pm. 1116: Play has already started on all courts apart from Centrale. The big early match for me is Sabine Lisicki against qualifier Mallory Burdette. Already the gruelling last couple of days seems to be taking its toll on the American as Lisicki has raced to a 3-0 lead after just eight minutes of that one. 1108: Good morning and welcome to the live text commentary of the WTA event of the Internazionali d’Italia. It is first round day at a scorching Foro Italico and as first round’s go, today we have an absolute cracker. Highlight for me is Laura Robson vs Venus Williams which will come to you around 2pm local time. Can Venus set up a second round clash with sister Serena or does the fast improving Robson have other ideas? Remember you can tweet me predictions, comments or questions to @ianbakersport.

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