Few would have predicted an all American final on clay but that is the scenario we have on Sunday. Serena Williams will be out for a fourth title here at the Foro Italico while Madison Keys is only in her third WTA final and this one in Rome is comfortably the biggest.
Williams leads the head to heads with victories over Keys at the Australian and US Opens last year. She is pleased to be playing a fellow American.
“It’s great,” she said. “I think it will be wonderful because, like I said last time I was in here, I feel like Madison is one of the players that really can be great and she has that potential, and now she’s showing that on all surfaces.
“One thing I have learned is that Madison gets better every time, and that’s great because when you play people, especially when they’re young like her and the future of American tennis it’s so good to see them get better. It’s great to see Americans do well.”
Keys is delighted to be testing herself against Williams.
“It means a lot to play her,” she said. “I’m going to go out and do my best. You know, I’m really excited for it. “I played her pretty close the first set of the Australian Open so that definitely made me realise that I can stay in it.
“I think you watch her play and you play against her and there is just some times when you think she just stepped up her level. But I think if you’re kind of able to weather the storm and stay with her that, you know, every once in a while you get one or two opportunities and it’s, you know, really taking those opportunities.”