08/05/2004 - Serena Williams heads women`s draw
Serena Williams has been seeded number one in the women`s Telecom Italia Masters event, which starts on Monday. The younger of the two Williams sisters, who went all the way in Rome in 2002, is drawn to meet French star and number two seed Amelie Mauresmo in next weekend`s final. Amelie has played three final in Rome (2000, 2001 and 2003) but has never lifted the title. The top two are followed in the seedings list by Russia`s Anastasia Myskina and Nadia Petrova, on-form American Jennifer Capriati, Elena Dementieva, again from Russia, Japan`s Ai Sugiyama and the fourth Russian in the top eight: Vera Zvonareva. This group go straight through to the second round in the main draw.The world`s top two playes by ranking, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, have withdrawn from this year`s event with injuries. The women`s qualifying event is already underway. Today and tomorrow are "Ladies` Days" at the Foro Italico: women looking to watch the qualifiers get in for free.
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