Italian Open: Serena Williams takes her unbeaten run to career-best 22 matches

Last Updated: 18/05/13 5:27pm

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Serena Williams: American is now unbeaten in 22 matches

Serena Williams: American is now unbeaten in 22 matches

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World number one Serena Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-0 to book a semi-final place at the Italian Open and extend her career-best winning streak to 22 matches.

Navarro was only able to hold twice in the first set as Williams produced another dominating performance.

Stat of the day

  • Martina Navratilova established the longest women's win streak in the Open Era at 74 matches in 1984.

The 31-year-old unleashed stream of winners while claiming the second set without dropping a game and the match over in less than an hour.

Williams has dropped only three games in her last two matches and appears in prime form with the French Open only 10 days away.

Victory means the 15-time Grand Slam champion is now on a personal best run - going one win better than the 21 in a row she managed in 2002 and 2003.

Williams will now face Romanian qualifier Simona Halep in the last four after she saved two match points on her way to beating Jelena Jankovic 4-6 6-0 7-5.

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WTA Italian Open 2013

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