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Roger Federer and Serena Williams suffer shock defeats to dent French Open preparations

In his first match since he made his injury comeback in March, Federer was overwhelmed by Pablo Andújar on the Geneva Open, whereas Williams fell in straight units to Katerina Siniakova within the Emilia-Romagna Open.

With the French Open set to start on May 30, it is hardly the best preparation for the yr’s second grand slam.

Speaking after his 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 defeat to world No. 75 Andújar, the 39-year-old Federer stated he is not even excited about profitable at Roland Garros as he continues his return after two knee surgical procedures in 2020.

“I believe if you performed so little and you recognize the place your degree is at, and I believe you noticed that immediately, how can I consider profitable the French Open?” the 20-time grand slam champion informed reporters.

“I’m simply sensible that I do know I cannot win the French and whoever thought I’d or may win it’s incorrect.

“Of course, crazier issues may need occurred, however I’m not so certain within the final 50 years on the French Open, any individual simply rocked up at 40 years-old, being out for a yr and a half and simply go on to simply win all the pieces straight.”

Roger Federer reacts during his defeat against Pablo Andujar.

Serena falters

Meanwhile, Williams suffered the same destiny by the hands of world No. 68 Siniakova, dropping 7-6 (4), 6-2 within the second spherical of the Emilia-Romagna Open.

The 39-year-old was a wildcard for the match after dropping within the opening spherical of the Italian Open and now has lower than two weeks to put together for the French Open.

Williams is still bidding to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles titles having misplaced the final three finals she’s been in however may have to enhance on her present clay courtroom kind.

Despite beginning properly, Williams went on the produce seven double faults within the match whereas her opponent held her nerve.

“I did not do a whole lot of errors, and I believe she felt it,” Siniakova stated after the encounter. “I believe she was attempting to go more durable and doing a whole lot of errors, which helped me. I’m actually completely satisfied I may maintain my degree all match.

“It was a pleasure to share the courtroom along with her.”

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