Maria Sharapova was crowned the WTA Italian Open champion with an intense win over Carla Suarez Navarro thanks to her resilience in Rome. It took the Russian two hours and 36 minutes to be crowned champion of the tournament. This win makes her the new number two on the rankings list.
The in-form Navarro forced some work out of the champion in some of their sets, winning the first one and holding on in the second. However Sharapova eventually got over the line when she powered through her final set. The second and third sets proved to be important to win – the second which could’ve went either way was fought out until the Russian won it with a 7-5 scoreline.
When she went on to win the third set the destination of the cup became clear. Having already lost the first set 6-4, Sharapova edged out the second set 7-5 and powered her way through the third and final set 6-1. This gave her, her third Italian Open in four years having won the tournament in 2011 and 2012.
The champion will now head into the second Major of the year, Roland Garros in Paris, with confidence after this win.