1,000th match ends in defeat for Serena

Sports | ASSOCIATED PRESS 14 May 2021

Serena Williams' 1,000th tour-level singles match ended in defeat as she marked her return to action with a 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 loss to Nadia Podoroska at the Italian Open.

The eighth-seeded Williams, who hadn't played since the Australian Open, in February lost to the 24-year-old Argentine after one hour, 58 minutes.

"It's tough to have a first match on clay," the 39-year-old American said. "It was definitely good to go the distance and to try to be out there, but clearly I can do legions better."



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