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Serena Williams to play at Parma after early Rome exit

Field Level Media
14 May 2021, 04:19 GMT+10

Serena Williams accepted a wild-card invitation to next week's Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, Italy, following her early exit from the Italian Open.

Playing in her first match since the Australian Open in mid-February, Williams fell in straight sets to Argentina's Nadia Podoroska on Wednesday in Rome, 7-6 (6), 7-5. It was Williams' 1,000th WTA Tour-level match.

Williams, 39, is preparing for the French Open. She will be seeking a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros, which starts on May 23.

Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, confirmed the Parma entry Thursday on Twitter.

"Change of plans: Serena hasn't been competing for a while, and we want to get as many matches under our belt as possible before Roland-Garros - so we're adding the Emilia-Romagna Open to our schedule," he wrote. "We'll be back in action next week."

--Field Level Media

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