Vera Zvonareva, seeded 15th in Rome, lost the first set of her first round match against Petra Kvitova, then went on to win only six more points in the match. Kvitova's 6-4, 6-0 win over Zvonaeva is the first major upset of the tournament ("major" because Zvonareva would normally be seeded higher but is still working her way back from a long injury layoff). Zvonareva, who says she is not near her optimum fitness level, did get to the final in Charleston, but was soundly defeated in that event by Sam Stosur.
Also going out today was Zheng Jie, who lost to wild card Maria Elena Camerin. Camerin defeated Zheng 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted 2 hours and 51 minutes.
Play today was repeatedly interrupted by rain.