Madrid - World number one Serena Williams sealed her place in the Madrid Open
final for the second consecutive year as she overcame seventh seed Sara
Errani 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday.
Williams, who could face a showdown
for the number one ranking with Maria Sharapova in the final should the
Russian come through her semi-final with Ana Ivanovic, just edged the
first set when she broke for the third time in the 12th game.
American was then far more comfortable in the second as she wasn't
broken at all and again sealed the set and the match by breaking the
Errani serve to move through after just over 90 minutes.
Williams was happier with her performance against the Italian than the
error-strewn display she produced against Spanish wildcard Anabel Medina
Garrigues in the quarter-finals.
"I feel that I played solid. In
the second set more than the first I made a few less errors, which was
something that I needed to do," she said after the match.
15-time Grand Slam champion claimed she wouldn't be paying too much
attention to the other semi-final, but insisted she believes she is the
world's best player and is dead set on retaining her status as number
"I try not to pay too much attention. I always just try to
play my game. You're playing players who you know their strengths and
"Obviously I love being number one. In my heart I feel I'm number one, but also I love to win tournaments.
"So I think if I just win as many tournaments as I can then I'll continue to be number one."