23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams will open her campaign in Parma against Italian qualifier Lisa Pigato. Williams is currently ranked 9th in the world while Pigato is the world no.572.
|Tournament||Emilia-Romagna Open 2021|
|Match||Serena Williams vs Lisa Pigato|
|Date||17th May, 2021|
Serena Williams vs Lisa Pigato: Preview
American veteran Serena Williams will headline the WTA 250 Parma event. Williams has played just one tournament this Clay season, the Italian Open last week where she lost in her very first match to Nadia Podoroska in straight sets.
Williams has just played 3 tournaments this year and her best result came at the Australian Open where she lost to eventual champion Naomi Osaka. Last week in Rome, Williams’ footwork seemed slow and she was making a lot of unforced error. Her match against Pigato should help her regain her lost confidence.
As for Lisa Pigato, she came into the main draw as a qualifier. She is just 17 years old and usually plays the ITF Challenger events. She defeated Leonie Kung and second seed Ludmilla Samsonova in the qualifiers to make her tour debut.
Serena Williams vs Lisa Pigato: Head-to-Head
The two players haven’t met on court before. This will be their first meeting and hence the H2H stands at 0-0.
Serena Williams vs Lisa Pigato: Prediction
Serena Williams will go in the match as a huge favorite. Her opponent is 22 years younger to her and lacks power from the baseline. Williams would want to go as all way in the tournament to build up strongly for the French Open and Pigato should not be a threat to her upfront.
It will be a dream opportunity for the Italian teenager. She would just want to enjoy her game and take lessons from the American legend. Expect a comfortable victory for Williams.
Prediction: Williams to win in straight sets.