Serena Williams claimed her first victory since the Australian Open quarter-final win against Simona Halep. In the Emilia-Romagna Open, the 23-time Grand Slam champion defeated Italian debutante Lisa Pigato in straight sets(6-3, 6-2).
Following the Italian Open’s opening round loss, Serena decided to compete in Parma on edge ahead of the French Open. In the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, the No.1 seed faced the WTA main draw debutante Lisa Pigato.
Former World No.1 needed merely an hour and eight-minute to overcome a qualifier to reserve her spot in the Round of 16. After a comfortable win, Serena Williams was delighted and impressed by her teenage opponent’s performance.
“The first game, she played really good, and I needed to adjust to get back. It was a bit of both, figuring out her game as well,” Junior Williams said in the post-match interview.
Serena further added, “Lisa played really well. She told me she was only 17. Her future is super-bright – she handled the moment well, so I look forward to cheering for her in the future.”
“It Was My Dream”: Lisa Pigato After Battling With Serena Williams
Williams also emphasised that she felt happy after playing against and taking photos with a rising star.
American continued, “It’s usually after the match, in the locker room, I take photos. It was a really good opportunity to take a photo – she’ll be able to look back on that in years. I wish I had done that with my first match. It would have been really cool.”
After a memorable match against the greatest player of all time, Lisa Pigato commented, “Playing against her, it was my dream. When we finished, I thanked her because it was an honour playing against her. She told me that I’m a good player, and it was fantastic to talk to her.”
Serena Williams will lock horns with the Czech Katerina Siniakova for a quarter-final place in the Parma WTA 250 event.