The Gold Coast Bulletin



SERENA Williams, playing the 1000th WTA match of her career, crashed out of the Italian Open in the second round to Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska.

Second-seed Naomi Osaka of Japan also fell at the first hurdle in Rome, with defending champion Simona Halep of Romania, the third seed, retiring with a calf injury.

But world No.1 Ashleigh Barty got off to a winning start, the Australian advancing to the third round of the French Open warm up event with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova.

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