Ana Ivanovic's recent form has been superb and when we took into account that she won her last meeting with Serena Williams at the Australian Open this year, we certainly had hopes that the Serb could make yet another surprise. However, despite having a break point initially in the first set and racing to an astonishing 4-0 lead in the second set, Ivanovic was still run over by Serena in the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
Early in the first set Ivanovic and Williams were playing shoulder to shoulder, both failing to convert break points in the first two games, but the world No.1 stopped the trend and broke Ivanovic's serve for a 3-1 lead, and then again for 5-1, to comfortably take the set 6-1. Ivanovic's Australian Open triumph over Williams came after Ivanovic lost the first set, so the Serb's fans still had their hopes high, and that hope intensified when the scoreboard showed 4-0 for Ivanovic in the second set. And even though Ivanovic surrendered one service game to her opponent, she went up a break in the seventh game for 5-2 and took the set two games later with an ace. The decider, however, was a spoiler, as Serena rushed through it without even facing a break point and reached the final with a 6-1 3-6 6-1 victory.
The defending champion Serena's opponent in the title match of Rome will be Sara Errani, who eliminated Jelena Jankovic in the earlier semifinal.
Fashion info: Serena's winning outfit is the grey Nike Women's Summer Novelty Tank with metallic bronze waistband and the black Nike Women's Summer Straight Knit Skort. The collection is also available for Europeans here. (photo: Jimmie48)