Serena Williams’ preparations at Roland Garros hit by defeat in Parma

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Serena Williams’ preparations for the French Open suffered another heavy blow with the loss of Katerina Siniakova at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma.

The former world No.1 took a wild card in the tournament to give her more matches on clay after her loss to Nadia Podoroska in her first game at the Italian Open in Rome last week. She had her first clay court victory this season in the first round in Parma, against teenage Lisa Pigato, but Siniakova proved too strong, winning 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the second round .

Williams had set point at 5-4 in the first set, but was well saved by Siniakova, who then claimed the first break of duty only so the American could retaliate. But it was the 68th Siniakova who was the most consistent in the tie-break, winning four straight games to end the contest.

Siniakova said: “I feel amazing. It was a fantastic game. I played so well. I’m so glad I got to finish it like this. It was really a pleasure to share the short with her.

Third seed Coco Gauff left a 5-1 lead in the second set against Kaia Kanepi but recovered to win 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7) and continue her good form on clay after reaching the semi-final. finals in Rome.

Second seed Petra Martic won 6-4, 6-2 over Varvara Gracheva while former Roland Garros finalist Sara Errani defeated Ana Bogdan 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 .

At the Geneva Open, Roger Federer lost by surprise to Pablo Andújar, losing 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 in the last 16.

Federer led 4-2 in the last set but his opponent Spain won the next four games.

At the WTA event in Belgrade, Croatia’s Ana Konjuh continued her comeback after long-term elbow problems with a 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck. There were also wins for Ajla Tomljanovic and Rebecca Peterson.

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