Three months after the defeat at Melbourne Park, Serena Williams finds herself at the Centrale del Foro Italico for the first match of 2021 on clay-courts, for the Italian Open 2021 (in Rome). The twenty-three time Grand Slam champion, despite an all in all positive performance, she fails to break down Nadia Podoroska's resistance and even to celebrate her number thousand presence in the WTA Tour with a success.
The thirty-three unforced errors inevitably have an important specific weight. The Argentine tennis player still manages not to lose control during a jeu decisif, but above all to keep her nerve at 5-5. Having squandered a 5-2 lead, she means.
After just under two hours of play she finishes 7-6 (6) 7-5: Petra Martic in the round of 16. For Serena, the one at the Foro Italico is the second clay-courts match since May 2019.