IMPRESSIVE! Serena Williams Back to Winning Ways on Clay Following Italian Open Disappointment at WTA Parma 2021

Published 05/17/2021, 8:03 AM EDT
Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory during the Ladies Singles second round match against Christina McHale of the United States on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


After the successful completion of the Italian Open 2021, it’s time for the WTA Parma 2021, popularly known as the Emilia-Romagna Open 2021. Fans witnessed a ruthless Serena Williams in the first round as she thrashed Lisa Pigato in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 6-3, 6-2.

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After a first-round exit at the Italian Open 2021, it was a crucial match for World No. 8 Serena Williams. She didn’t disappoint and delivered a phenomenal performance to seal the match.

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Set-1: Serena Williams dominates over Lisa Pigato

Pigato got off to a great start as she broke Williams in the first set. However, she failed to carry forward her momentum as Serena fought back to equalize the scoreline at 1-1. She broke again in the fourth game and then won the subsequent game as well to establish a 4-1 lead over Pigato.

Pigato regained some form back and reduced the margin to 4-2 at the end of the sixth game. However, it was too late for her as Serena struck back in the following game to take her lead to 5-2.

Even though Pigato tried to fight hard, she couldn’t sustain the American legend much. As a result, the World No.8 player didn’t take long and finished the set in the ninth game. She won the set 6-3 in 35 minutes.

Set-2: Game, Set, Match for Williams

Pigato again began the set on a high as she saved 2 break-points in the first game. Therefore, she again established a 1-0 lead over the 23-time Grand Slam champion. However, Williams bounced back yet again and equalized the scoreline.

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Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball during her Women’s Singles quarterfinal match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria. Day Ten of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The American broke in the next game and then won the next-to-next one as well widen the margin to 3-1 at the end of the fourth game. The same story of the last set continued as she broke yet again and was now leading 4-1.

Williams continued her great momentum and won the subsequent game as well. She was now just one game away from entering the second round of the Emilia-Romagna Open 2021. However, she had to fight a little as Pigato won four consecutive points to win the next game and reduce her lead to 5-2.

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Serena didn’t take much time after this. With the help of some beautiful serves, she quickly conquered the set 6-2, and thus, won the match.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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