Serena Williams at Australian Open

Serena Williams defeated in 1000th career match

Serena Williams took to the court for the first time since the Australian Open, falling in straight sets to Nadia Podoroska.

Serena Williams completed her 1000th career match today at the Italian Open in Rome, unfortunately for her as a defeat to Nadia Podoroska, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.

While Podoroska has a respectable track record on clay, including a run to the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2020, as a qualifier no less, Williams will be disappointed not to get more matches under her belt in Rome.

The 39-year-old will still be aiming to secure a 24th Grand Slam singles title come Roland Garros. Williams’ career singles win-loss record is now at 851-149 (85.1%).

Williams was under 50% on first serves in, at just 48.1% (37/77), and only won 18 of 40 points behind her second serve (45%), making for a serving performance well below her usual standards.

Nadia Podoroska will next face Petra Martic in the round of 16.