Serena Williams lost to Nadia Podorowska in her 1,000th career match

Back on the professional circuit since the Australian Open in February, American Serena Williams This Wednesday was the 1000th match of his career. But the 39-year-old tennis player and former world number one did not have much to celebrate. In my debut WTA 1000 D Roma, Played on clay court in Italy, was defeated by Argentina Nadia Podorowska Set 2 to 0 with partial 7/6 (8/6) and 7/5.

After qualifying for 16 rounds after defeating Serena in 1 hour and 58 minutes, Podorowska will now face Petra Martík of Croatia, who also beat Frenchman Christina Mladenovic in a score of 5–0 and 6/3 from 7 sets. Defeated with 0 from 2 sets. .

Wednesday’s round at the WTA 1000 in Rome began with another win by Australian number one Ashley Barty, who finished runner-up at the Madrid Masters 1000 in Spain last week, forcing a fine start at Force Italico and beating Yaroslav Shvedova in 2 sets. Defeated With 0, 6/4 and 6/1 parts. His next opponent would be Russian Veronica Kudermatova, who imposed a double 6/4 on Frenchman Caroline Garcia.

Last year, 2019 champion and runner-up, Czech Karolina Pliskova was another qualifier in the round of 16. The ninth favorite beat Latvian Anastasija Sevastova by 2 sets 0 with a run of 6/2 and 6/3, and will now face veteran Russian Vera Zvonareva, who once again shone in Rome. This time, she had to compete in qualifying and in the second round she knocked down nothing less than Czech Petra Kvitova, the number 10 in the world, with her run of 6/4, 3/6 and 6/4.

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Which failed to go much ahead of Japanese Naomi Osaka. The current number 2 first two campaigns in the world on European soil were disappointing. Eliminated in the second match of Madrid last week, this time also he did not make the debut in Foro Italico. She had a chance to win the first set before falling to American Jessica Pegula, ranked 31st in the rankings, with portions of 7/6 (7/2) and 6/2.

Australian Open champion in February, this was Osaka’s fourth defeat of the season. His campaigns on Roman Clay were weak. In four attempts, the best came in 2019, when he reached the quarter-finals, but had to give up due to a hand injury.

The current WTA 1000 champion in Rome, Simona Halep, had the same fate as Osaka and was unable to defend her title on Italian soil. The Romanian, currently ranked No. 3 in the world, was winning the match against German Angelique Kerber, a former leader of the rankings and currently 26th, 6/1 and 3/3, but her left calf was hurt and He had to leave the court to support his team and the opponent himself. He now tries to recover in time for Roland Garros, which begins on the 30th.

Other winners in the Wednesday round in Rome, who reached the round of 16, were Ukrainian Alina Svitolina (seed no. 5), Belarusian Aryana Sabalenka (7), Spanish Garbani Muguruza (12), Polish Iga Svotek (15), American Cocoa Gouffec. , Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, Latvia Jelena Ostapenko and Czech Barbora Krejikkova.

About the author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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