Serena Williams crushes Victoria Azarenka in WTA Rome final

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Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka to win the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Sunday.

Serena smashed 41 winners past Azarenka in Rome to claim her fifth title of the year and her third on clay, taking her winning streak to 24 matches. It wasn't quite as easy as the 6-1 6-3 scoreline suggested, as the opening few games lasted an age and really could have gone either way.

However once Williams was up a double break, Azarenka's spirits dropped and the world No. 1 took full advantage. She's such a good front runner, in order to have a chance you really have to start fast and put the pressure on as Azarenka did when she beat her in Doha back in February. This time round, once Serena relaxed and settled into her hitting rhythm, there was little Azarenka could do.   

"The first three games took about 20 minutes - it wasn't easy, nothing is ever easy," Serena said on Sunday afternoon.

"I think the difference today was I took the opportunities when I had them and came up with some really good shots. And this was the best I've moved all week - I feel fit, and hopefully it'll stay like this. Last year I was feeling excellent on clay but didn't do that great at Roland Garros - this year I'm cautious and I want to work hard and stay focused and win every point I play, and not slack at all."

The last time Serena won the Rome title she went on to claim the only French Open title of her career, back in 2002. She'll be very happy if history repeats itself in a few weeks time.
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