Venus and Serena Williams Announce Positive News Following Italian Open 2021 Disappointment

Published 05/13/2021, 4:04 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE September 28. Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her match against Kristie Ahn of the United States in the first round of the Women’s Singles competition on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on September 28th 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


There is some really positive news coming for tennis fans. Both Venus and Serena Williams will be playing at the WTA 250 Emilia-Romagna Open 2021 that will take place in Parma, Italy next week. The two sisters haven’t had a great clay-court season so far and thus, will look to improve their gameplay in Parma ahead of the French Open 2021.

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Serena Williams began her clay-court campaign at the Italian Open 2021. Surprisingly, she lost to Nadia Podoroska in the first round of the Masters 1000 tournament. It was her 1000th career game and unfortunately, Williams suffered a humiliating defeat in that match.

Serena Williams is congratulated by her sister and opponent Venus Williams following their lady’s singles third-round match. Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center  of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Venus Williams’ name was there in the main draw of the Italian Open 2021. She had to face World No. 9 Karolina Pliskova in the first round of the tournament, but she withdrew at the last moment. As a result, a lucky loser got the chance to compete against Pliskova.

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So far, Venus has played only one clay-court tournament at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 where her fellow counterpart Jennifer Brady thrashed her in straight sets in the first round itself.

Both sisters will look forward to gaining some momentum on clay ahead of the French Open 2021. The Emilia-Romagna Open 2021 can prove to be a golden opportunity for them to regain their form.

Who are the other WTA players playing at the Emilia-Romagna Open 2021 other than Venus and Serena Williams?

Other than Venus and Serena Williams, there are a number of WTA tennis stars who will also be playing at the Emilia-Romagna Open 2021. The list includes the likes of Sloane Stephens, Amanda Anisimova, Madison Keys, Camila Giorgi, and the rising star Coco Gauff.

Coco Gauff plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first-round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America. Day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The tournament will be a clay-court event that will begin on May 15, 2021, and will extend till May 22, 2021. It’ll be the first edition of the tournament and thus, fans are quite excited about it.

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The tournament can prove to be a big bonus for the players ahead of the French Open 2021. Who will emerge as the winner of the tournament?

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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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