Rome clearly showed the difference between the ATP and WTA stars
Osaka, Kvitova, Williams and Muguruza all withdrew with fake precautionary injuries to either avoid uncomfortable matches or save themselves for Roland Garros. Despite playing on her favourite surface, Halep tanked the third set in her match to avoid playing twice in one day. The draw of a Premier 5 now looks like an international.
Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Del Porto and Tsitsipas all fought their way through one of the most difficult days of the year with great professionalism, won their two matches and regularly made the quarterfinals. This is called respecting your tour.
And people wonder why most of the tennis investments and resources go to the ATP and nobody cares about the WTA?