Serena Williams wins Rome Masters trophy, ends 9-month title drought

  • AP, Rome1
  • Updated: May 15, 2016 20:11 IST
Serena Williams returns the ball to Madison Keys, during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo)

Serena Williams ended a nine-month title drought with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Madison Keys in an all-American Rome Masters final on Sunday.

Williams’ previous title came in Cincinnati in August — a month before her attempt at a calendar-year Grand Slam ended with a semifinal loss to Roberta Vinci at the U.S. Open.

It was Williams’ fourth title in Rome and it comes exactly a week before the French Open begins.

It was the first time two American women have met in a final on clay since Serena beat older sister Venus in the 2002 French Open.

The last all-American final in Rome was in 1970, when Billie Jean King beat Julie Heldman.

In the men’s final of the tournament, top-ranked Novak Djokovic was facing Andy Murray.

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