Serena rolls past Errani for another Rome title|
Rome, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Serena Williams captured her second straight
Italian Open title with a straight-set rout of Sara Errani on Sunday.
Williams rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 victory for her 60th career title and third this
year. She previously won in Brisbane and Miami.
Errani, trying to become the first Italian to win in Rome since Raffaella
Reggi in 1985, fell to 0-7 lifetime against Williams.
An Errani break pulled her within 4-3 in the opening set, but it was all
Williams from there. The American did not drop another game, as Errani
appeared to be hampered by a thigh injury.
Errani left the court after the eighth game of the first set and returned with
her left thigh bandaged.
"It was unfortunate she got injured in the last game of the set, but overall I
thought she was playing really well out there," said Williams.
Williams, who had her own thigh issue last week when she pulled out of the
quarterfinals in Madrid, simply dominated the second set. She won 24 of the 29
points played and finished it in a mere 21 minutes.
A backhand down the line on match point gave Williams her third Rome title. In
addition to last year's crown, she also won at the Foro Italico in 2002. Both
of those victories, coincidentally, preceded a French Open championship.
"Today gave me a great opportunity to understand the atmosphere I'll have in
Paris," added Williams. "It was a great opportunity for me. Paris is a Grand
Slam and you think differently, you have a little more nerves, everyone's
uptight and excited, the crowd is different, and energy levels can be
Errani fell to 7-9 lifetime in finals, including 0-2 this year. She also lost
to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Paris Indoors title match back in February.
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