Serena Williams celebrates with the winner's trophy after defeating Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-0, to win the 2014 Italian Open.
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By E.J. Crawford, USTA.com
Last year, Serena Williams won her second French Open title. Based on her performance at the Italian Open, she will enter Paris this year as a heavy favorite to add No. 3.
Williams dominated the Italian Open final Sunday against home-country favorite Sara Errani, winning, 6-3, 6-0. The title was the third for Williams in Rome – the first two coming in 2002 and 2013, the same years she went on to win at Roland Garros.
The championship also was the 60th WTA crown of Williams’ career – seven behind Billie Jean King for sixth place in WTA history – and marked her third tour title of 2014, more than any other player.
“I’m like a fine wine, I guess – at least my tennis is,” Williams, 32, told the Associated Press. “My game gets better with age.”
Errani, who was bidding to become the first Italian woman to win the tournament since Raffaella Reggi in 1985, injured her thigh in the first set and struggled to challenge Williams after that.
“I’m really sorry for today,” Errani said afterward, “but I'll be back next year and try to do better.”
The final was the culmination of a dominant tournament for Williams, the world No. 1. She dropped just one set (to Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals) and 22 games in five matches. Overall, Williams is now 53-2 on clay since the beginning of the 2012 clay-court season, according to the WTA.