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'Change of plans!' - Serena Williams confirms she'll play Emilia-Romagna Open

Serena Williams in practice

Serena Williams will look to move on quickly from her Rome Open disappointment by accepting a wild card to play in Parma.

Williams played her first match since the Australian Open on Wednesday, but lost out to Nadia Podoroska in straight sets.

The early exit leaves her drastically short of tennis going into the French Open, but she will look to address that by squeezing in another tournament.

“Change of plans,” Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou said via his Twitter account.

“Serena hasn’t been competing for a while, and we want to get as many matches under our belt as possible before Roland Garros.

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

Serena Williams certainly looked some way short of her best in Rome, with her movement looking particularly lagging behind her usual standards.

It was particularly disappointing given it was her 1000th match in her career, although she will still go to Paris as one of the favourites for the title.

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