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I have always heard that the Rome clay is pretty fast, maybe that's why the Williams sisters have been more successful on it than at RG which is supposedly slower?
 

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I have always heard that the Rome clay is pretty fast, maybe that's why the Williams sisters have been more successful on it than at RG which is supposedly slower?
Not only Williams sisters...

Same thing with Sampras (won), Federer (almost won Nadal in best of 5), Djokovic (won+RU), Haas (RU)... or if You like more WTA examples of very successful Wimbledon players (and RG disappointments) except Venus (former champion) - Mauresmo (won), Hingis (won), Serena (won), Dokic (won)...etc...

Gabriela Sabatini for example never reach RG Final, but Rome won 4 time, and Mauresmo at home clay in Paris never reach Semifinal - but in Rome played 5 finals (including 2 wins).

So it's not strange that many of faster surface specialist (ATP and WTA both) has in Rome their's peak of claycourt season, so I will be surprised if I see anything better from Venus at clay this season in Madrid or Paris (even if she really try).
 

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It depends, the rome clay is more compressed clay and dried throughout the whole year. While roland garros has clay that is a few times more moisturized. So I would say it's about 20% faster.
 

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Rome has the fastest clay of all the clay court tournaments hence Venus has success here but when slower clay comes she goes out in R3
 
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