Serena Williams’ 1,000th tour-level match ended in defeat as she marked her return to motion with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 loss to Nadia Podoroska on Wednesday in the second spherical of the Italian Open.
The eighth-seeded Williams, who hadn’t performed for the reason that Australian Open, got here from a break down twice in the opening set and saved the primary three set factors she confronted in the tiebreaker earlier than Podoroska transformed her fourth. The Argentine went on to win in 1 hour, 58 minutes.
“It’s tough to have a first match on clay. It was definitely kind of good to go the distance and to try to be out there, but clearly I can do legions better,” mentioned Williams, who has received the Italian Open 4 instances. “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. … I have been training for months, but it feels definitely different on clay to make that last adjustment.”
The 24-year-old Podoroska took a 5-2 lead in the second set however was damaged at love the primary time she tried to serve out the match. However, she broke Williams once more in the twelfth recreation to seal her third profession win over a top-10 participant.
In the lads’s event, Rafael Nadal was enjoying native teenager Jannik Sinner.
Earlier, third-seeded Daniil Medvedev misplaced 6-2, 6-4 to fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev.