Eliminated immediately against Nadia Podoroska in Rome, former WTA number one Serena Williams took part in the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, where she overtook our Lisa Pigato in two sets before losing to Czech Katerina Siniakova in straight sets.
Serena, who reached the semi-final in the WTA 500 tournament in Melbourne and at the Australian Open, this year (in the Australian Slam she was defeat by Naomi Osaka), she has not won a Grand Slam event for four years now.
Speaking with Sky Sports following the defeat in Parma, Patrick Mouratoglou, historical coach of the American star, talked about Serena and the decision to play the tournament in Parma, Italy.
He said: “Against Siniakova she lost because she was not ready. I don’t know, maybe it wasn’t a good idea to come to Parma after the defeat in Rome, you made me understand that there is still a lot to work on to compete at the highest level.
Playing matches is always interesting because it gives you a clear position of where you are, so now we know what needs to be improved in view of Roland Garros. If she does her job well, then she will be ready.”
Williams’ last Grand Slam success dates back to January 2017, when she defeated her sister Venus in two sets to once again triumph at the Australian Open, her seventh trophy in Melbourne.
Since then, Serena has only won the title in Auckland the following season and finished in four other Majors, never managing to clinch a single set. She also lost in the 2019 Toronto Rogers Cup final, retired after only a few games against Canadian youngster Bianca Andreescu.
Today at number 8 in the world rankings, Serena occupied the first position of the WTA ranking for a total of 319 weeks (better than her only Steffi Graf with 377 and Martina Navratilova with 332). Serena also won three editions of Roland Garros in Paris, the last of which was in 2015 (victory over Lucie Safarova in three sets).