Williams wins in Stanford

  • Last Updated: August 4 2014, 12:44 BST

Serena Williams got back to winning ways after her grand slam disappointments by claiming the Bank of the West Classic.

Serena came out on top in the final
Serena came out on top in the final

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.