WTA Rome Final: Sharapova outlasts Suarez Navarro, wins third Rome title

Sharapova (5)Maria Sharapova came from a set down to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro, 4-6 7-5 6-1 in the final of the 2015 Internzionali BNL d’Italia.  There was plenty of drama in the first and second sets but overall, the quality wasn’t great.  There was always a concern in my head that this could be a repeat of the Miami final where Suarez Navarro was wiped off the court by Serena Williams.  This wasn’t to be the case as the Spaniard competed extremely well and took her chances to win the first set, 6-4.  Sharapova had three break points in the third game, but kind of crumbled after she missed them.  Suarez Navarro broke serve in the next game and backed it up with two love holds.  Sharapova’s returns were way off in the first set.

Much like the Halep-Suarez Navarro match, Sharapova struggled to put away the Spaniard when in control of the rallies.  She was picked off at the net a few times and her success rate with drop shots wasn’t as good as previous matches.  The second set was messy and Sharapova was surprisingly unclutch.  Twice she broke and twice she was unable to consolidate the break of serve.  As Suarez Navarro served to stay in the set at *4-5, Sharapova worked up a set point but was not able to convert.  As many were commenting on Twitter, Carla needed to get this done in two sets.  From 5-5, Sharapova knuckled down and won the last eight points of the set to force a decider.

Suarez Navarro opened the final set with a break but after that, she had nothing left in the tank.  Her box looked so dejected halfway through the set and all in need of hugs.  The third set flew by as Sharapova earnt a virtual bagel to win the title. Sharapova didn’t play well for large chunks of the final, but wins like this can be very rewarding.  Carla was gone in the final set, but she can be very proud of her efforts this week.  In reaching the final, the Spaniard added another three top ten wins to her impressive tally of nine so far this year. Suarez Navarro will be one to watch at Roland Garros.  I think she will be vulnerable in the early rounds but if she can get through the first two or three rounds, I think she will be good to go.

There are two international events in Strasbourg and Nurnberg next week with both getting underway today.  I’ve put some predictions on my site but won’t be previewing matches as I need a break from previews before things go crazy with the French Open and the grass court season. If you didn’t know already, i’m going to the French Open next week!!!! I’ll be on Suzanne Lenglen court on the first Sunday and court 1 on Monday.  Pleaseee stay with Moo’s Tennis Blog as i’ll be putting up lots of photos and hopefully, interesting content! As ever, thanks for all your support and comments.

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10 thoughts on “WTA Rome Final: Sharapova outlasts Suarez Navarro, wins third Rome title

  1. James Carla was lucky even making it to a final . She didn’t play lights out tennis . Bouchard should of send Carla packing . Bouchard , Halep and Petra played so bad like they were Armatures. Congratulations to Carla for some how getting to these finals. So Maria is back to number 2.

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    • A win is a win. Carla consistency is the key to bring her to the final. She has reached three premier tournament finals this year. Three finals, so can you claim that is lucky?

      When someone couldn’t finish the match point to win like Bouchard means she is not good enough. Winning is about skills and mental games. Like it or not CSN is a better player on clay.

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    • She is for now. But I don’t think she’ll defend her title at RG. A good run from Halep or Kvitova would put them at #2.

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  2. James you were correct in your thoughts that your feared Carla may have not have much left in the tank,you were correct,Agree it wasn’t a great final by any standards but Sharapova got the job done,winning her 3rd Rome title.

    Carla would have to be one of my dark horses for Roland Garos,at least she gets a week off before Roland Garos.Also this is a good boost for Sharapova,winning Rome,returned to the No 2 ranking,this will give her great confidence defending her French title.

    Have fun at Roland Garos,my favorite Grand Slam:)

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  3. CSN looked very tired towards the end of the second set. I hope to see her playing Maria a few more times when she is fresh. Overall, it was a great match and both players did all they can to win.

    I think Serena not to continue in Rome is her best decision. This will deter Maria’s hope to play her in Rome before RG. The psychology games will definitely play an important part gearing towards RG. It will jinx Maria again should they manage to reach the final in RG. On the other, Halep should hope not to meet CSN or any power hitter in her draw and Bouchard will drop out of top 10 after RG.

    I see some surprises in RG this year. Perhaps at least a new face in the final.

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  4. I would just like to congratulate Daria,soon to be Aussie citizen making the top 50,after her great results at Rome.Well done Daria!

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