Williams wins in Stanford
Serena Williams got back to winning ways after her grand slam disappointments by claiming the Bank of the West Classic.
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The world number one was playing her first tournament since a third-round exit at Wimbledon which came hot on the heels of a second-round loss at Roland Garros.
And she was made to battle in the first set of the final in Stanford as third seed Angelique Kerber opened a 5-1 lead. However, Williams recovered the double-break and despite failing to take set point in the 12th game she prevailed in the ensuing tie-break.
The 32-year-old was not at her best as she took just four of her 12 break points in the match but eventually came out on top to win 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 in an hour and 19 minutes.
Williams said: "When I was down 5-1, I was just thinking I had to take it one point at a time. I knew I just had to relax and not be so crazy. Up until that point I wasn't doing what I wanted to do, and what I had been doing in practice, so I knew I just had to start doing the right things.
"I feel like I'm on the right track again. I feel like I can play even better - I wasn't serving my best, and I wasn't making as many winners off the return as I wanted to, but I'm getting there."
The victory was Williams' fourth of the season following triumphs in Brisbane, Miami and Rome and will provide a boost ahead of the US Open which begins on August 25.