Sydney's Daily Telegraph crowned Ashleigh Barty the 'new queen' of tennis.
Barty is only the second Australian woman to top the world rankings.
Barty will edge ahead of Naomi Osaka at the top of the rankings before Wimbledon by taking the Birmingham title.
Osaka is still trying to find her legs on grass.
Pliskova has never progressed past the semi finals in her four previous appearances in Rome.
Rome will be Williams's fourth tournament of the season and the first since being forced to withdraw from the Miami Open in April due to a knee injury.
All plain sailing in the men's draw with all the big guns going through, there were shocks in the women's draw as some big names exiting the tournament.
Ferrer calls time on a distinguished career that included 27 ATP titles and a highest ranking of No 3 in the world.
Federer confesses he had to control his emotions during afternoon match strategy sessions with his team.
Jil Teichmann defeats Karolina Muchova by six points to win the opening set before a twice break down recovery in the decider.
Osaka is looking forward to the Madrid open after spending a pain free week training at Rafael Nadal's academy.
The victory in Istanbul could propel Petra Martic into the top 32 in the world rankings.
Simona Halep who has only played on clay in the Fed Cup so far this season, will now aim to return in time to play in Madrid and Rome next month.
Roger Federer will play against Canadian starlet Denis Shapovalov in what will be a first meeting between the pair for a place in Sunday’s final.
The defeat capped a disappointing March on US hardcourts for Novak Djokovic, who was bundled out of the third round at Indian Wells.
Moldova's Radu Albot never played the Swiss legend before but wasted little time in breaking Federer's serve in the first game before holding for 2-0.
It is the second consecutive WTA event the American has been unable to continue, following her retirement from the Indian Wells tournament last week.
It's another giant step in a breakout season for Andreescu, who finished 2018 ranked 178th in the world.
Naomi Osaka will face Switzerland's Belinda Bencic in the next round.
Canadian pair, Bianca Andreescu and Denis Shapovalov, continue to wow the crowds as they push on in Indian Wells.
Saturday's title -- the third of Benecic's career -- will see her jump to 23 in the new world rankings from her current spot of 45th.
Bencic will face second seed Petra Kvitova in the finals.
Her win was her third victory over a top ten player in Doha this week, and her second over a Grand Slam champion.
Halep last defeated Svitolina in the 2017 French Open quarter-finals.