Serena Williams, Madison Keys Set Up All-America Final in Rome

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 | 0


Serena Williams and Madison Keys set up an all-America title-clash at the Italian Open in Rome after the duo overcame their respective semi-final opponents in straight sets on Saturday.

Keys was the first to make the summit clash after a stunning 7-6 6-4 conquest of 3rd seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the semi-final battle that went on for one hour and 42 minutes.

Coming into the match as an absolute underdog, the 24th-ranked Keys went neck-to-neck against her fancied Spanish counterpart, with both players relying heavily on their service games.

It was, however, Keys, who survived a close first set to take an early lead via tie-breaker.

The second set was even more serve-dominated a contest. While the American didn’t offer any break point, Muguruza proffered just a solitary one, which was eventually converted by Keys.

Later in the day, World No. 1 Serena Williams shrugged off a challenge from in-form Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, winning 6-4 6-1 in an 86-minute battle to reach her third final of the season.

The American powerhouse toyed with her opponent’s serve, breaking her thrice each in both sets to inch closer to her first trophy of the calendar year.

Williams leads the head-to-head record against Keys by 2-0 ahead of the Sunday’s final.

Murray, Djokovic to meet in men’s final

Britain’s Andy Murray, the No. 2 seed, stormed into the finals of the men’s singles event after making short work of French lucky loser Lucas Pouille, 6-2 6-1 in just 59 minutes.

In the other semi-final match up, top seed Novak Djokovic prevailed in an epic three-hour battle with Japan’s 6th seed Kei Nishikori, sneaking a 2-6 6-4 7-6 win to set up title-clash with Murray.

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