WATCH: Serena Williams Prepares For French Open 2021 Lead Up Event Following Disappointing Run in Rome

Published 05/15/2021, 6:27 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


Serena Williams didn’t enjoy a great start to her clay-court season this year. The tennis queen returned to the court after almost three months, but her match didn’t go as per her plans. She lost to Nadia Podoroska in straight sets in the first round of the Italian Open 2021. The final scoreline of the match was 6(6)-7(8), 5-7.

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Williams hasn’t played well on clay in the recent past. Her match against Podoroska was her 1000th match on the WTA Tour and she was surely looking for a much better outcome than this. After the shocking result, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou made some amendments to her schedule.

Her earlier plan was to head straight to Paris after the Italian Open 2021. However, now, she is in Parma, Italy where she’ll be playing at the WTA 250 Emilia-Romagna Open 2021. It is the first edition of the tournament and Serena will look to regain her momentum on clay at the tournament.

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After her disappointing run in Rome, she has reached Parma and one can see her practicing there. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is practicing her basic forehand and backhand drills and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou is also there in the frame. The WTA event will begin on May 15, 2021, and will extend till May 22, 2021.

Interestingly, her sister and 7-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, will also be playing at the Emilia-Romagna Open 2021.

Serena Williams in the 2021 season so far

Serena Williams got off to a great start as she managed to reach the semis of the Australian Open 2021. Even though Naomi Osaka defeated her there, she played really well at the tournament.

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Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second-round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

After this, she didn’t play any tournaments till the Italian Open 2021, as she suffered from an oral problem. She arrived in Rome with huge expectations but lost a close match to Podoroska.

Although she hasn’t been up to the mark while playing on clay, fans still have huge expectations from Williams. She’ll be heading to Paris after this- eyeing her fourth French Open title. Will Serena be able to win her 24th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year?

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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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