Do as the Romans do.
In your dreams.
"Is a mix. It's like Capricciosa pizza. I don't give you Margherita, I give you Capricciosa, different kind of ingredient," Francesca Schiavone said of herself several years ago. Today, the 2010 French Open champion threw everything but the brick oven at Eugenie Bouchard in their first round match in Rome. Bouchard didn't find it too tasty, either.
The young Canadian star was flummoxed right from the start as Schiavone went on a slice and dice, angle, lob, and drop tear as only she can. There was also a running forehand down the line that brought the crowd to a state of great excitement, and with good reason. This was Schiavone at her very best, and she won 6-4, 6-2. That was some pizza.
And speaking of Italians, that drop shot Pennetta hit to win the first set was straight out of the Radwanska playbook. If you have Tennis TV, you can watch it as today's Hot Shot. Pennetta defeated Yvonne Meusburger 6-3, 6-2.
Italian Karin Knapp didn't fare as well; she went out to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. Tomorrow, Camila Giorgi will get her turn, when she plays Dominika Cibulkova. Sara Errani will play Chanelle Scheepers, and Roberta Vinci will play Ekaterina Makarova.