Tennis: World no. 1 Serena Williams successfully defended her crown and upset the Italian crowd by beating Sara Errani in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 to win the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. 2002 and 2013 champion Serena Williams had dropped one set against Sara Errani in their previous six meetings.
She had beaten Errani in straight sets in all 3 meetings on clay court, which included last year's thrashing at the French Open, when Serena won by 6-0, 6-1. The Italian crowd was still optimistic as the fans were watching an Italian competing in Rome's final for the first time since 1985 when Raffaella Reggi won the title (that year the tournament wasn't held in Rome, the last time an Italian appeared in the final in the Italian capital was in 1950).
Serena reached the last act after gaining the edge over Ana Ivanovic in three sets on Saturday. Errani - who also plays with Vinci in the doubles final - started on equal terms and exchanged breaks of serve with Serena until the score was 4-3 in the first set.
The American broke her opponent there and took a 5-3 lead. She served out the set successfully to take a one set lead. It was all Serena Williams in the third set as 32-year-old won consecutively the last 9 games of the match by taking the second set 6-0 and finishing the match in 1 hour and 11 minutes.
Sara Errani called the trainer in the 8th game of the first set, as she had to deal with a left thigh injury, that forced her to move around the court in slow-motion. It's Serena Williams' 60th career title, her 7th title on clay.
The top ranked player in the world has now won 3 titles this year. Soon on the center court in Rome Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play the men's final!