Serena wins Bank of the West title
STANFORD, California (AP):
Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season yesterday, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the Bank of the West Classic. Playing her first tournament since her departure from Wimbledon because of equilibrium problems, the top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hard-court event for the third time.
Kerber, 0-4 in finals this season, won five straight games to go up 5-1 and was serving for the first set at 5-2. Williams saved two set points and went to win five games in a row.
"I blinked my eye, and I was down 1-5," Williams said. "Angelique was playing well, and I thought, 'What's going on?' I tried to relax, not think about anything and just do the right thing."
The eighth-ranked Kerber forced a tiebreaker, but Williams took the first five points.
"It's a good thing that it happened," Williams said. "When I'm not playing great, I know I can make some kind of comeback."
Williams didn't play well in any of the first sets this week but always found a way to win.
"I've been training hard all year and, hopefully, that pays off, especially after Wimbledon," Williams said. "I stayed positive here. This shows I'm moving in the right direction."