immediately a blue derby with five of the six Italians is evident in the upper section. Martina Trevisan will face a qualifier in the first round, while Errani and Cocciaretto will meet. If she wins, Lucia Bronzetti, ranked 93rd, will play Xiyu Wang, a 21-year-old Chinese player.
Jasmine Paolini (64), Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (76), and Lucrezia Stefanini (179) are all at the top of the 33rd Palermo Ladies Open leaderboard (94).
Petra Martic takes against China’s Shuai Zhang, the No. 3 seed, at the top of an all-star draw, and the match promises to be an exciting one.
First-round qualifiers Ana Bogdan of Romania and Ylena In-Albon of Switzerland will join the No. 2 seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the main draw, following the withdrawal of Montenegrin Danka Kovinic and Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus.
There are eight seeds in addition to Martina Trevisan, Yulia Putintesva, Shuai Zhang and Sara Sorribes Tormo, with Caroline Garcia, Irina-Camelia Begu and Anna Bondar also seeded in the top eight (54).