Rome, May 18 (IANS): Top seed Serena Williams held off 11th seed Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to face Sara Errani in the women's final of the Italian Open.
Ivanovic rattled off four straight games in the second set to level up the match Saturday that looked to be heading in only one direction, reports Xinhua.
However, as on so many occasions in the past, Williams responded by raising her level once again.
She earned a break at the start of the decider with a series of devastating returns, and from that point on it was one-way traffic as the American coasted past the finish line.
Williams praised Ivanovic's performance in the second set.
"She played really well in the second set and at the same time my first serve percentage dropped. She's a great returner, so she put me under a lot of pressure because of that," she said.
"I lost my concentration a little bit, so at the start of the third set I just tried to get really pumped, keep myself focused and pretty much do everything to play my best tennis."
Williams will face Sara Errani, who beat No.6 seed Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 7-5 earlier to become the first Italian in 29 years to reach the final.