As the 8th seed, Elina gets a bye in the first round and will meet Alize Cornet or Sara Errani in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia second round. 

Elina will play in Rome for the fourth time in her career, but she's never been past the second round before showing her best result in 2015. Last year she lost in her opening match to Monica Puig. 

It will be the third clay court tournament for Elina this year as she clinched a title in Istanbul and was defeated by a qualifier Saisai Zheng in her first match in Madrid.