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Serena enters Italian Open final

  • Serena Williams secured a place in the final of the Italian Open beating Simona Halep of Romania 6-3 6-0. She thereby prolonged her winning streak to 23 matches.

    The top-seeded player will face victoria Azarenka or Sara Errani in Sunday's final. If she wins, it will be her fourth title in a row this year.

    The 31-year-old is also a week away from playing in the French Open, which commences in Paris.

    Williams last won the Rome title in the year 2002, the same year that she won her only French Open title to date.

    Williams has won the Grand Slam 15 times previously. She has also won 21 consecutive matches twice in 2002 and 2003.

    Meanwhile, the men's semi finals will see Rafael Nadal, a six time champion, play Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer play France's Benoit Paire.