| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Serena Williams won her 51st WTA title in Rome, as she defeated Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 to win the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia championship. Serena lost just 10 games in her four matches en route to the final, and in the finals, blasted 41 winners to just 19 unforced errors to come out on top against the number three-seeded Azarenka.

"The first three games took about 20 minutes ... it wasn't easy, nothing is ever easy," Serena said. "I think the difference today was I took the opportunities when I had them and came up with some really good shots. And this was the best I've moved all week - I feel fit, and hopefully it'll stay like this. Last year, I was feeling excellent on clay but didn't do that great at Roland Garros. This year, I'm cautious and I want to work hard and stay focused and win every point I play, and not slack at all."

With the win, Serena increased her overall record against Azarekna to 12-2 lifetime, and is headed into the 2013 French Open on a 24-match winning streak, the longest in her career. Serena has a perfect 16-0 record on clay to date in 2013, winning clay titles in Charleston, Madrid and Rome. She is 33-1 on clay since the start of last year's clay court season.