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Serena Williams reaches Italian Open final
Rome, May 18, 2013
First Published: 17:04 IST(18/5/2013)
Last Updated: 17:05 IST(18/5/2013)

Serena Williams is one victory away from winning her fourth consecutive title this year - with the French Open only one week away.

The top-ranked American overcame an early break of her serve to roll past Romanian qualifier Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 Saturday to reach the Italian Open final and extend her career-best winning run to 23 matches.

In Sunday's final, Williams will face either third-seeded Victoria Azarenka or seventh-seeded Sara Errani, who were up next on center court at the Foro Italico.

Williams' only title at this clay-court tournament came in 2002, when she beat Justine Henin in the final.

In the men's semifinals, six-time champion Rafael Nadal will face sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer plays 36th-ranked Benoit Paire of France.

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