The Gold Coast Bulletin
SERENA OUT IN 1000TH
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.