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Serena Williams is on the longest winning streak of her career.
The top-ranked American beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-0 Friday to reach the Italian Open semifinals and extend her victory run to 22 matches.
Williams had twice won 21 in a row before, although both of those streaks came a decade ago, in 2002 and 2003.
In the other half of the draw, two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova withdrew before her quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Sara Errani due to illness.
Showing off near-perfect form less than 10 days before the French Open begins on May 26, Williams has dropped only three games in her last two matches. Against the 22nd-ranked Suarez, the American hit winners seemingly at will.
The 15-time Grand Slam champion has also won her previous three tournaments.
Williams will next face either two-time Rome winner Jelena Jankovic or Romanian qualifier Simona Halep.
Williams' only title at the Italian Open came in 2002, when she beat Justine Henin in the final. That was also the year she won her only French Open title.
Sharapova said he was struggling with an illness she first contracted last week, although she showed no problems Thursday as she beat 16th-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1. She was runner-up to Williams in last week's Madrid Open.
''I was already a bit off in Madrid and played though it and it came back last night and I got sick again and it's not smart to compete again,'' said Sharapova, adding that she had a fever after beating Stephens. ''Obviously with the French Open coming up it is important to make smart decisions.''
The withdrawal means Errani advances to the semifinals. The Italian's opponent will be either third-seeded Victoria Azarenka or ninth-seeded Sam Stosur.
The last Italian to reach the Italian Open semifinals was Raffaella Reggi, who won the 1985 event in the southern city of Taranto.
BEST OF MAXIM
A week out from the French Open, Serena Williams is one victory away from winning her fourth consecutive title this year.
The top-ranked American overcame an early break of her serve to roll past Romanian qualifier Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 Saturday and reach the Italian Open final, extending her career-best winning streak to 23 matches.
In Sunday's final, Williams will face either...
Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open final.
The top-ranked American will enter the French Open, which starts next Sunday, on a career-best 24-match winning streak.
Williams was coming off consecutive titles in Miami; Charleston, South Carolina; and Madrid last...
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