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Serena Williams upended by Siniakova in Parma

The 23-times Grand Slam champion looked well below her best as she suffered a second straight early defeat on clay

Serena Williams Serena Williams in action in Parma ZM / Panoramic

Serena Williams will go into Roland-Garros without just one win on clay this year after she was beaten 7-6 (4), 6-2 by world No 68 Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the Emilio-Romagna Open in Parma on Tuesday.

The 23-times Grand Slam champion had a set point in the opener but Siniakova grabbed the tiebreak 7-4 and from 2-2 in the second, she cruised to a famous victory.

“It feels amazing, it was a fantastic match,” Siniakova said. “I played so good, I’m so happy I could finish it. It was really a pleasure to share the court with her. I will enjoy the win.”

The first set was a ding-dong battle but Williams had a chance to take it at 5-4 only for the Czech to hit back and snatch the set on the tiebreak.

From 2-2 in the second set, Siniakova won 15 straight points and clinched victory on her third match point.

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