Serena ends 9-month title drought at Italian Open
laps before racing resumed, with Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull in the lead ahead of his team-mate Dutch teenager Max Verstappen.
As the two Mercedes drivers were taken back by scooters, their collision divided having suffered a series of misfortunes including two other first lap collisions and two engine failures.
The accident was witnessed by several of the Mercedes board’s senior directors, who had flown in for the race.—AFP 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
In the Rome record book, Serena drew level with Conchita Martinez and Gabriela Sabatini, who also took four titles at the Foro Italico. Chris Evert holds the women’s record with five titles while Rafael Nadal holds the overall mark with seven.
It was the 70th title overall in Serena’s career.
The 21-year-old Keys was playing in the biggest final of her career. She posted personal best results at all four majors last year, including reaching the Australian Open semifinals and