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Top-ranked Serena Williams beats Carla Suarez Navarro to reach Italian Open semifinals

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    Serena Williams, of the United States, returns the ball to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) (The Associated Press)

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    Serena Williams, of the United States, serves the ball to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) (The Associated Press)

Top-ranked Serena Williams extended her winning streak to a career-best 22 matches and reached the Italian Open semifinals by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-0 Friday.

Williams had twice won 21 in a row before, although both of those streaks came more than a decade ago, in 2002 and 2003.

Showing off near-perfect form less than 10 days before the French Open, Williams has dropped only three games in her last two matches

The 15-time Grand Slam champion has also won her previous three tournaments.

Williams will next face either two-time Rome winner Jelena Jankovic or Romanian qualifier Simona Halep.