ROME (AP) — Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open final.
The top-ranked American will enter the French Open, which starts next Sunday, on a career-best 24-match winning streak.
Williams was coming off consecutive titles in Miami; Charleston, South Carolina; and Madrid last week.
Williams' only previous title at this clay-court event came in 2002, when she beat Justine Henin in the final.
Later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were renewing their rivalry in the men's final at the Foro Italico.