Serena Williams beats Madison Keys for Italian Open title

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 US Open.

It’s Williams’ fourth title in Rome and it comes exactly a week before the French Open begins.

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