Williams loses in Parma second round


Serena Williams is in search of a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam title in Paris

Serena Williams’ preparations for the French Open have been dented by one other early exit on clay, with the highest seed shedding to Katerina Siniakova in Parma.

The American was crushed 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 by the Czech world quantity 68 in spherical two of the Emilia-Romagna Open.

Williams had accepted a wildcard into the event after defeat in her opener on the Italian Open final week.

The 39-year-old has lower than two weeks to sharpen her recreation on clay earlier than the beginning of the French Open on 30 Might.

She is just not scheduled to compete in every other occasions earlier than Roland Garros, the place she might be chasing a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam singles title.

The American has misplaced the final three Slam finals she has contested as she goals to attract stage with Australian Margaret Court docket’s milestone.

She might search a late wildcard into subsequent week’s Strasbourg occasion, as she did with this Parma event, to get in some extra match observe.

In her opener on Monday, Williams had comfortably crushed teenager Lisa Pigato however the 25-year-old Siniakova was a trickier prospect.

The Czech former world primary doubles participant edged the American in a first-set tie-break earlier than successful 15 of the final 17 factors within the second set.

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