INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA
"Last year I was feeling excellent 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."
May 13-19, 2013
Results - Sunday,
May 19, 2013
Singles - Final
(1) Serena Williams (USA)
d. (3) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 61 63
Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (1) Errani/Vinci
(ITA/ITA) 46 63 108 (Match TB)
- Williams concedes just 14 games en route to her 51st
WTA title, two short of Monica Seles for ninth-most
titles of the Open Era. It is also her WTA-leading fifth
title of the season.
- With her eighth WTA clay court
title, Williams now just trails Anabel Medina Garrigues
(10) and sister Venus (9) for most among active players.
- Williams improves to 12-2 all-time against Azarenka.
- Williams extends her win streak to a career-best 24
- Williams improves to 16-0 on clay this
year and 33-1 since the start of last year’s clay court
- After winning her one previous Rome title
in 2002, Williams went on to win her only French Open
- Azarenka falls to 16-11 in WTA finals.
With her runner-up showing, Azarenka becomes the 10th
player to surpass the $20 million prize money mark.
Hsieh and Peng win their fifth WTA title as a duo and
second in Rome, having also been victorious here in
- Rome is Hsieh's 10th WTA doubles
title as an individual and Peng's eighth, with three of
those having come in Rome.
Serena Williams: "The first three games took about
20 minutes - it wasn't easy, nothing is ever easy. I
think the difference today was I took the opportunities
when I had them and came up with some good shots. And
this was the best I've moved all week - I feel fit, and
hopefully it'll stay like this.
"Even though the crowd wasn't really for us, they
were very loud out there and we really enjoyed the
atmosphere. It's more exciting to play in front of such
an enthusiastic crowd."
Peng Shuai: "We
just tried to fight after we lost the first set. After
we won the second set the tie-break went really fast and
we weren't thinking too much. When we got to 8-3 we knew
we just needed a few more points. They were fighting
too, coming back to 8-7, but we fought for every point
and got the win."