Serena Williams to play in Parma following early Rome exit

With just over a fortnight to go under the French Open starts, Serena Williams has made a late entry to play in Parma next week.
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Updated - 13 May 2021 7:10 pm

Serena Williams to play in Parma following early Rome exit

Serena Williams will play in the Emilia-Romagna Open next week following her early exit in Rome, Patrick Mouratoglou has confirmed. The legendary American was beaten 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 by Nadia Podoroska in the 1,000th match of her incredible career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Wednesday.

Williams, who was given a bye into the second round at Foro Italico, was playing her first match since losing to Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals of the Australia Open three months ago.

With the French Open getting underway on May 30, Williams has taken a wildcard to get more time on clay under her belt in Parma.

Mouratoglou, the former world number one’s coach, tweeted: “Change of plans: Serena hasn’t been competing for a while, and we want to get as many matches under our belt as possible before Roland-Garros – so we’re adding the Emilia-Romagna Open to our schedule.

“We’ll be back in action next week.”

 

Williams will head to Paris for the second major of the year in her latest¬†attempt at matching Margaret Court’s record tally of 24 grand slam singles titles.

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