It was supposed to be a fun affair, a moment to cherish and remember. But alas it was not to be. The 1000th match that Serena Williams played in her illustrious tennis career turned out to be a dud. Playing against a player, Nadia Podoroska, ranked at No.44, Serena just couldn’t turn her swag on. Her serve was off, her returns not hitting the sweet spot of the racquet, it was a complete mess.
The twenty-four year old Podoroska who has zero titles to her credit won the biggest match of her career, beating Williams 7-6 7-5. But, her joy was short lived as she was ousted in the very next round. She lost her round of sixteen encounter to Petra Martić, 6-3, 1-6, 2-6.
Serena Williams confirms her participation for the Emilia-Romagna Open
The thirty nine year old Serena Williams has taken the loss in her stride and tried to make the best of the situation. After the match she said that she usually does not wait this long to get into the clay court season, and that she usually plays a Charleston or a Madrid to be in rhythm so close to the French open.
Serena Williams said, “But I usually don’t take this much time off on a clay court season, so usually I play like a Charleston or a Madrid or somewhere. “So my season doesn’t usually start this late on clay. But the training isn’t for nothing, so I know that it’s just a matter of time.”
Williams felt that she needed a few more matches on clay, and she wanted to see if her team could arrange that. “Maybe I do need a few more matches, so I’m going to try to figure that out with my coach and my team and see what we would like to do,” Serena Williams added.
As soon as Serena decided she wanted more matches on clay, arrangements were made and it was announced that she would participate in the Emilia-Romagna Open.
In a statement her coach said, Patrick Mouratoglou said, “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.”