Serena Williams to play in Parma following early Rome exit
With just over a fortnight to go before Roland-Garros gets underway, the 23-time Major champion has made a late entry to play in Parma next week, where she will also be joined by sister Venus Williams
23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will play in the Emilia-Romagna Open next week following her early exit in Rome, coach Patrick Mouratoglou has confirmed.
The legendary American was beaten 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 by the Argentine Nadia Podoroska in the 1,000th match of her incredible career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Wednesday.
Venus & Serena Williams will both play in Parma
With Roland-Garros getting under way on May 30, Williams has taken a wildcard to get some more matches under her belt as she continues her chase for equaling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Breaking 🚨@serenawilliams e @Venuseswilliams giocheranno l’#EmiliaRomagnaOpen: le due leggende statunitensi hanno ricevuto una wild card a testa per il #WTAParma @RegioneER | @ERTourism | @WTA | @SuperTennisTv | @usta | @Barilla pic.twitter.com/eGAiChkBK2
— MEF tennis events (@meftennisevents) May 12, 2021
Venus Williams, who withdrew from the Italian Open prior to the tournament getting underway, has also taken a wild card into the Parma event.
Want to get as many matches under our belt as possible before Roland-Garros – Serena’s coach Mouratoglou
Mouratoglou, the coach of the former world No 1, confirmed the news on his social media account.
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.
We’ll be back in action next week
𝑷𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂 𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒕. pic.twitter.com/RlsWxvrxBx
— Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) May 13, 2021