Maria Sharapova defend her title of Queen of Rome to get today in the final of the Italian capital, winning 6-3 6-4 to Germany’s Angelique Kerber, eleventh racket in the world.
The Russian, who last year proclaimed champion of the tournament in Rome to beat Australia’s Samantha Stosur, will play defending champion at Roland Garros, China’s Li Na, who now advanced to the final after the withdrawal of his rival, American Serena Williams by a back problem.
The world number two had little trouble in beating the German, although it showed some of his shots that deserve to be among ‘top 10′ ranking on the WTA Tour, arriving next week thanks to her performance in Rome
The two players began earning his service, but after serving Kerber, Sharapova had four break points’ that missed, and finally the German took his serve.
“Masha” very determined finally got the service break his opponent in the sixth game doing a good tennis, doing much to move to Germany and to benefit his powerful serve, which led her to close the first set in 42 minutes.
The second set started like the first with both players who held his serve, but after the world number two broke serve in the third set.
But the German, who came from a surprise in the quarter to beat the world number four, the Czech Petra Kvitova did not want to give up and returned the ‘break’ to the Russian.
The best Sharapova has been seen so far in the tournament, where the U.S. has eliminated Christina Mchale, to Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic in second round, and Venus Williams in the quarter, was 4-2 on the scoreboard and the game encarrilo.
The Russian and the German had met only twice, both this year and while Sharapova had won the Australia Open (6-1, 6-2), Kerber won by a double 6-4 in Paris.
In the last game these two came to a 30-30, but two spectacular Russian parallel contrapié footed his opponent ended the match in 1 hour and 29 minutes and gave statistics that 68 percent of points earned its first service.
Now Sharapova will defend his title against China’s Li Na, who reached the final ranking number seven, and which has fought ten times, with a record of 6-4 victories for Russia.
The last time they faced off in the quarter was Miami, where the world number two rolled the champion of Roland Garros for a 6-3, 6-0.