2013 was quite a phenomenal year for Serena Williams.
The world number one was in a rampant mood in Rome. Having won in Madrid the question was could be back it up the following week?
Of course she could.
6-2 6-2, 6-0 6-1, 6-2 6-0, 6-3 6-0 and 6-1 6-3
60 sets of tennis won and 14 lost which is simply insane.
Serena’s first opponent was Great Britain’s Laura Robson. Laura had defeated older sister Venus 6-3 6-2 in the first round but lost 2-6 2-6 to the world number one.
Laura would have been a bit disappointed to have gone home after beating Venus it’s the luck of the draw to have Serena next. However for Laura, she matched a record only Azarenka got that week and that was to win at least four games against Serena.
14th seed Dominika Cibulkova didn’t last too long going out 0-6 1-6. Carla Suarez Navarro battled well in the opening few games but Serena was in another unforgiving mood winning 6-2 6-0.
In the semi-finals it was another straight forward match. Simona Halep who had to qualify for Rome battled through to the semi-finals with some incredible performances but this was a step too far as Serena saw her off 6-3 6-0.
Heading to the final it was 48 sets of tennis won, 10 lost and three consecutive matches with a bagel involved so Victoria Azarenka would have been a bit nervous.
The Belarusian battled hard especially in the second set but once the American broke for a 4-2 lead there was no looking back and she claimed her 51st career title a week after her 50th and her first in Rome since 2002!
photo credit – AP