Speaking with Sky Sports following the defeat he suffered in Parma, Patrick Mouratoglou, historical coach of North American star Serena Williams, talked about Serena and the choice made by the Americana and her team to play at the Parma Open 2021 a few days after the elimination at the Italian Open 2021, in Rome.
He said: “Against Siniakova she lost because she wasn't ready.
I don't know, maybe it wasn't a good idea to come to Parma after the defeat in Rome, you made me understand that there is still a lot to work on to compete at the highest level. Playing matches is always interesting because it gives you a clear position of where you are, so now we know what needs to be improved in view of Roland Garros.
If she does her job well, then she will be ready ”. Williams' last Grand Slam success dates back to January 2017, when she defeated her sister Venus in two sets to once again triumph at the Australian Open, her seventh trophy in Melbourne.
Since then, Serena has only won the title in Auckland the following season and finished in four other Majors, never managing to clinch a single set. She also lost in the 2019 Toronto Rogers Cup final, retired after only a few games against Canadian youngster Bianca Andreescu.
Today at number 8 in the world rankings, Serena occupied the first position of the WTA ranking for a total of 319 weeks (better than her only Steffi Graf with 377 and Martina Navratilova with 332). Serena also won three editions of Roland Garros in Paris, the last of which was in 2015 (victory over Lucie Safarova in three sets).
Roger Federer eliminated in Geneva, Serena Williams out in Parma
At the WTA Parma Open 2021, Serena Williams fails to break down the resistance of Katerina Siniakova. The twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion lost with the final score of 6(4) -7 2-6.
Fresh from a relatively good first set, in which she does not even exploit a chance for 6-4, Serena goes completely off. Although she has a flicker in the boot. Siniakova, however, easily recovers the disadvantage break and with a much wider package of solutions (as well as a better physical condition) practically spreads.
The American has time to move the score only in another case: emblematic of the final 7-6 (4) 6-2 that she matures at the threshold of two hours of play. Waiting for the Czech Republic, returning from her fourth career victory against one of the top ten players in the world, will be Anna-Lena Friedsam and Caroline Garcia.
At the ATP Geneva Open 2021, Roger Federer was unable to make it through the second round, after defeating Pablo Andujar in three sets, with the final score of 4-6 6-4 4-6. Twenty-four months after the defeat against Rafael Nadal in Paris, Roger Federer returns to play on clay-courts, but the result does not change against Pablo Andujar.
The Swiss champion, better with the backhand than with the forehand, negative in response, fluctuating with the service available, goes out one step away from the finish line. On 4-2 during the deciding set. Andujar, who doesn't even need to resort to impossible tricks to build a comeback, on the threshold of two hours of play, grabs the victory of life thanks to three intense sets Federer, who had chosen the ATP 250 in Geneva as a test, should try again in Paris.
The conditional, however, is mandatory. In the first set, Federer does what he can. Little, in the vast majority of cases. The very Swiss champion, who does not find good support even from the first serve, is present without too much conviction even in the response rounds.
Andujar, who at the same time interprets the challenge perfectly, condenses the vast majority of the attention of the tenth game.
Federer, while not brilliant, manages to considerably limit the number of unforced errors and above all to acquire a certain awareness from the baseline.
Needless to say, the third game proves once again indigestible for Andujar: good, yes, to cancel the first two break points, not to subvert the fate of the most spectacular exchange of the match in the third case. Called to strengthen the advantage over 4-3, Federer pays a rather gross error with the backhand in the setting phase and above all two excellent responses from the Spaniard.
End. The Swiss champion completely loses the key to the problem, struggling to find support and above all the measures of the field. The finish is a completely necessary side dish. Andujar takes advantage of it in the best way and closes the case on the third useful opportunity. The most prestigious in her career.