Monday, July 26, 2021

Serena Williams crashes out of WTA tournament in Parma

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In tennis, former World No 1 Serena Williams crashed out of the WTA tournament in Parma when she lost in straight sets 7-6, 6-2 to 68th-ranked Czech Katerina Siniakova in the second round today.

Currently world number eigh Williams yesterday launched her campaign in the clay court tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Italian teenaged debutant Lisa Pigato.

Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens reached the quarterfinals after rallying to beat fourth-seeded Daria Kasatkina 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Third-seeded Coco Gauff eliminated Kaia Kanepi 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7) in a first-round match. Second-seeded Petra Martic also got her Parma campaign off to a good start by beating Varvara Gracheva 6-4, 6-2.

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