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WORLD No.1 Serena Williams has swept Belarusian Victoria Azarenka aside 6-1 6-3 to win the Rome Open WTA title.


Williams broke Azarenka's serve three times in a one-sided first set and despite a tighter second set the American prevailed to stretch her career-best winning streak to 24 games.


It was Williams's 51st career title and took her victory tally over Azarenka, who beat the American earlier this season in the final of the Doha hardcourt event, to 12-2 in their series.


Azarenka had swept Sara Errani aside in the semi-final on Saturday with a powerful display of tennis which left the Italian, who only made the last four after Russian second seed Maria Sharapova pulled out, struggling to mount any kind of challenge.


However the tables were promptly turned on the third-seeded Belarusian, who found herself on the end of a Williams masterclass that has installed her as the favourite for next week's French Open at Roland Garros.


Williams had complained after her semi-final over Romanian qualifier Simona Halep that she had been unhappy with several elements of her game, prompting a lengthy practice after her match on Saturday.


Any hint of rustiness or nerves before the final were quickly put to bed.


Williams started in stunning fashion, breaking Azarenka's serve in the first game and going on to repeat that twice more on her way to a crushing 6-1 score.


Azarenka upped her game in the second but despite showing some signs of resistance early on, Williams's far more powerful serve and return left the Belarusian frustrated.


More often than not, the American required only two shots on her service game to take the required point, and Azarenka was given a warning by the umpire for an obscenity early in the second set.
Azarenka did earn herself a lifeline when she broke Williams in the seventh game after the American sent a backhand just outside the line.


But the top seed rattled off three consecutive games, including a break in the eighth game, before finishing off the job with a backhand winner down the line following two aces.


It is Williams's second title at Rome, having first won the event in 2002.


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    Serena williams extends career best streak to 24 matches with rome open crown Serena williams extends career best streak to 24 matches with rome open crown Presentation Transcript

    • NIG code 81345798500,International Newport GroupMadrid Articleshttp://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/serena-williams-extends-career-best-streak-to-24-matches-with-rome-open-crown/story-fnibcgxs-1226646367842Serena Williams extendscareer-best streak to 24matches with Rome Opencrown
    • WORLD No.1 Serena Williams has sweptBelarusian Victoria Azarenka aside 6-1 6-3 to winthe Rome Open WTA title.Williams broke Azarenkas serve three times in aone-sided first set and despite a tighter second setthe American prevailed to stretch her career-bestwinning streak to 24 games.It was Williamss 51st career title and took hervictory tally over Azarenka, who beat the Americanearlier this season in the final of the Dohahardcourt event, to 12-2 in their series.
    • Azarenka had swept Sara Errani aside in the semi-final on Saturday with a powerful display of tenniswhich left the Italian, who only made the last fourafter Russian second seed Maria Sharapova pulledout, struggling to mount any kind of challenge.However the tables were promptly turned on thethird-seeded Belarusian, who found herself on theend of a Williams masterclass that has installed heras the favourite for next weeks French Open atRoland Garros.Williams had complained after her semi-final overRomanian qualifier Simona Halep that she had beenunhappy with several elements of her game,
    • Any hint of rustiness or nerves before the final werequickly put to bed.Williams started in stunning fashion, breakingAzarenkas serve in the first game and going on torepeat that twice more on her way to a crushing 6-1score.Azarenka upped her game in the second but despiteshowing some signs of resistance early on,Williamss far more powerful serve and return leftthe Belarusian frustrated.More often than not, the American required only twoshots on her service game to take the requiredpoint, and Azarenka was given a warning by the
    • Azarenka did earn herself a lifeline when she brokeWilliams in the seventh game after the Americansent a backhand just outside the line.But the top seed rattled off three consecutivegames, including a break in the eighth game,before finishing off the job with a backhand winnerdown the line following two aces.It is Williamss second title at Rome, having firstwon the event in 2002.See More:http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/83037480/