The 37-year-old Strycova returned to the tour two weeks ago at the Madrid Open after more than two years away following the birth of her son, Vincent. After beating Zanevska, Strycova was handed her 1-year-old son, who she told to “wave to daddy” in front of a TV camera.
In Madrid, Strycova lost her opener in singles and reached the quarterfinals in doubles with partner Hsieh Su-wei.
Strycova, who will next face ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari, is planning to retire after this year’s U.S. Open.
Like Madrid, Rome features expanded 96-player draws for both men and women this year.
Strycova and Hsieh are also entered in the doubles tournament, which they won in 2020.
Barbora Strycova’s Italian Open win first since maternity leave