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Serena Williams takes Emilia-Romagna place to prepare for French Open

Serena Williams has claimed a wildcard at the Emilia-Romagna Open in order to secure more match play before Roland Garros.

Serena Williams has changed her plans and will compete in the Emilia-Romagna Open after losing her first match back on tour since the Australian Open.

“Change of plans,” announced Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou on his Twitter. “Serena hasn’t been competing for a while, and we want to get as many matches under our belt as possible before Roland Garros.

“So we’re adding the Emilia-Romagna Open to our schedule.”

Serena Williams took to the court in Rome for her 1000th career match against Nadia Podoroska, falling to the Argentine in straight sets, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.

The American will still have aspirations to secure her 24th Grand Slam singles title in Paris.