Sam Stosur in action in Rome in 2016; Getty Images

Tough draw for Sam in Rome

Sam Stosur has received a horror draw in Rome as the claycourt season continues this week in the Italian capital in the build-up to Roland Garros.

Stosur will in her opening match take on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat her at the same stage of this tournament two years ago and who has won their past two encounters.

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Should she clear that hurdle, the Queenslander would next face either Anastasija Sevastova – who beat her recently in Stuttgart – or Irina Camelia Begu, who ousted her a few weeks earlier in Charleston.

Awaiting in the third round would most likely be the in-form Simona Halep, who beat Stosur just last week en route to the title in Madrid.

Stosur’s best result in the Eternal City came back in 2011 when she advanced to the final and fell to Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova, back in Rome for the first time in two years, is Stosur’s projected quarterfinal opponent.