Ser­ena ends 9-month ti­tle drought at Ital­ian Open

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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

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