Serena wins 1st title in 9 months in all-American Italian Open final
ROME - Serena Williams ended a nine-month title drought with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Madison Keys in an all-American Italian Open final 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's 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, world #3 Andy Murray beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3.