In addition the players who withdrew pre-tournament, the WTA side of the Rome event has been decimated by pullouts – in part because of the double-up schedule forced by Wednesday’s rainout.
Naomi Osaka woke up with a thumb problem Friday and gave Kiki Bertens a walkover. Serena Williams won her first match and pulled out with a left knee injury before she was to play sister Venus.
Alizé Cornet (right adductor), Jelena Ostapenko (virus, slight fever), Garbiñe Muguruza and Julia Goerges (right adductors) and Petra Kvitova (left leg) retired mid-match.
Even considering normal pre-Slam caution, it’s a lot.