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Errani reaches Rome final

Sara Errani became the first home player to reach the Italian Open final in nearly 30 years with a 6-3 7-5 win over Jelena Jankovic on Saturday.

Errani claimed her second consecutive semi-final place on Friday when she produced a stunning upset in overcoming China's number two seed Li Na.

Jankovic had accounted for Agnieszka Radwanska, the third seed from Poland, but the Serbian sixth seed was never in the game against 2012

French Open finalist Errani, who will appear in Sunday's final for the first time in her career.

Using the vocal home crowd support to her advantage, the 10th-seeded Errani fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set, while Jankovic appeared rattled as she continuously questioned line calls.

"There were a few moments when I thought I might not pull it off but the fans were huge," said Errani, who is attempting to become the first Italian to win the tournament since Raffaella Reggi took the 1985 title in Taranto.

Solid campaign

Meanwhile, her opponent Jankovic hopes her run to the semis is enough for a solid campaign at the French Open, where she has been stopped at the semi-finals three times.

"I had a good return in Rome. I wish I could to the final, that was my goal," said the Serbian.

"It was a good week before the French Open, I had a lot matches especially against top players.

"I'm looking forward to competing in Paris and hopefully to play my best tennis over there."

The 27-year-old from Bologna will now face Serena Williams in Sunday's final, following the top seed's three-set victory over Ana Ivanovic.

The American and defending champion won 6-1 3-6 6-1 against the No 11 seed in just 98 minutes.

In a topsy-turvey encounter, Williams raced through the opening set in less than half-an-hour, before the Serb hit back by winning the first four games of the second.

In the decider, Williams took immediate control and dropped just three points from her four service games.

And if she beats Errani on Sunday, it will be the third Italian Open triumph of her career.