After some very mysterious behavior at Wimbledon, Serena Williams, determined to prove that was the result of just an anomalous illness, bypassed all critics and put in a dominating performance at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, CA, a tournament she has won three times. Today, she beat Angelique Kerber, of Germany, 7-6 (1), 6-3.
Williams, who captured Stanford titles in 2011-12, improved her unbeaten run at the tournament to 13-0 three weeks before she is set to defend her title at the U.S. Open, which begins August 25.
Williams was down 1-5 in the first – saving two set points at 2-5 – before seizing control of the match and closing out Kerber in 1 hour and 19 minutes.
“Serena had the better answer at the end,” said third-seeded Kerber.
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