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Sara Errani flies the flag for Italy as she reaches the Rome Masters final

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Sara Errani flew the flag for Italy as she made the final of the Rome Masters.
The 27-year-old become the first homegrown player since 1950 to reach the Italian Open final in the capital.
Raffaella Reggi made the final in 1985, but that was when the tournament was being held in the south coastal city of Taranto.
Jelena Jankovic fell to a 6-3 7-5 defeat to Bologna-born Errani in the semi-final.
Centre court erupted as the Italian no.1 came through after one hour and 48 minutes.
And Jankovic said: “It was quite difficult out there, Sara played a great match and credit to her.
“She sent a lot of balls back, she made me hit a lot of extra balls, she used the spin. I did not execute all the way through.
“She read me and the momentum turned around in her favour and I wasn’t able to hold my serve and this was the key. Overall it was difficult day, I gave my best but there are a lot of things I could have done better.
“I was trying to put pressure on her serve, I attacked her serve but there were a lot of times where I had opportunities but didn’t execute all the way through and she’s very good from the defence and somehow hit those high balls back.
“I should have served better, I served quite well all of these days. She’s not going to give you free points, she keeps making you hit and hit and I needed to come more to the net and finish those point.
“I had a good time in Rome. I wish I could to the final, that was my goal. It was a good week before the French Open.”

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