Maria Sharapova came from one set down to beat 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, sealing her third Italian Open title.
Struggling in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, the world number three could not compete with a near-perfect opening set of tennis from her Spanish opponent.
The defending French Open champion made a noticeable improvement in the second set, though, stepping forward on the court and attacking Navarro’s serve. Sharapova’s first two titles in Rome came back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.
Later, Roger Federer faces Novak Djokovic in the men’s final.
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