women’s Tennis champions : 20 Week 2013

Ball of Timelessness

SERENA

ROUTS

AZARENKA

FOR

FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE

ROME — Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open final.

The top-ranked American will enter the French Open, which starts next Sunday, on a career-best 24-match winning streak.

Williams had twice won 21 matches in a row before, although they came more than a decade ago, in 2002 and the beginning of 2003.

Martina Navratilova established the longest women’s winning run in the Open Era at 74 matches in 1984.

Williams’ only previous title at this clay-court event came when she beat Justine Henin in the 2002 final.

That was also the year she won her only Roland Garros title. Last year in Paris, Williams lost in the opening round of a major for the first time, falling to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France.

At 31…

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Men’s Tennis champions : 20 Week 2013

Ball of Timelessness

NADAL

DOMINATES

FEDERER

IN

ITALIAN OPEN FINAL

ROME — After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer.

In the 30th meeting between the two tennis greats, Nadal controlled the final from start to finish to win 6-1, 6-3 Sunday for his seventh Italian Open title.

“Rafa was just too good today,” Federer said.

It tied for the second most lop-sided win in the series since Nadal also lost just four games, but over three sets, in the 2008 French Open final against Federer. At the tour finals in London in 2011, Nadal allowed Federer just three games.

It was 20th meeting between Nadal and Federer in a final, tying the Ivan Lendl-John McEnroe rivalry for most championship matchups in the Open era.

Centre court at the Foro Italico was packed to the limit with 10,500 fans, but the crowd didn’t get to see too much…

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