Emilia-Romagna Open 2021: Serena Williams Has Words Of Optimism For Debutante Lisa Pigato


Serena Williams and Lisa Pigato
Serena Williams and Lisa Pigato

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.”

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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.

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