Serena accepts wild card for Parma

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PARMA, Italy (AP) Serena Williams has accepted a wild-card invitation to play at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma starting this weekend.

The move came immediately after Williams lost in straight sets to Nadia Podoroska at the Italian Open on Wednesday in her first match in nearly three months.

"Maybe I do need a few more matches, so I'm going to try to figure that out with my coach and my team and see what we would like to do," Williams said after losing to Podoroska, a semifinalist at last year's French Open. "I have been training for months, but it feels definitely different on clay to make that last adjustment."

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