Serena Williams’ French Open preparations hit by defeat in Parma


Serena Williams’s preparations for the French Open suffered one other blow with defeat by Katerina Siniakova within the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma.

The previous world No 1 took a wild card into the event to present her extra matches on clay after defeat by Nadia Podoroska in her first match within the Italian Open in Rome final week. She managed her first win on clay this season within the opening spherical in Parma, in opposition to {the teenager} Lisa Pigato, however Siniakova proved too robust, profitable 7-6 (4), 6-2 within the second spherical.

Williams had a set level at 5-4 within the first set but it surely was properly saved by Siniakova, who then claimed the primary break of serve just for the American to battle again. Nevertheless it was 68th-ranked Siniakova who was the extra constant within the tie-break, profitable 4 video games in a row to complete the competition.

Siniakova stated: “I really feel wonderful. It was a unbelievable match. I performed so good. I’m so glad that I might end it like this. It was actually a pleasure to share along with her the courtroom.”

The third seed, Coco Gauff, let a 5-1 lead slip within the second set in opposition to Kaia Kanepi however recovered to win 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7) and proceed her good type on clay after reaching the semi-finals in Rome.

The second seed, Petra Martic, was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Varvara Gracheva whereas the previous French Open finalist Sara Errani beat Ana Bogdan 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

On the Geneva Open, Roger Federer went all the way down to a shock defeat to Pablo Andújar, dropping 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 within the final 16.

Federer was main 4-2 within the last set however his Spanish opponent received the following 4 video games.

On the WTA occasion in Belgrade, Croatia’s Ana Konjuh continued her comeback from long-term elbow issues with a 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck. There have been additionally wins for Ajla Tomljanovic and Rebecca Peterson.


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