Playing her first tournament since recovering from a virus that forced her to retire from a Wimbledon doubles match, world No.1 Serena Williams showed that she's in commanding form for the US Open, by claiming her fourth title of 2014 and third at Stanford.
In the final against third-seeded Angelique Kerber, Williams came back from a significant deficit in the opening set, 1-5, tied the score and dominated the tiebreak, while in the second set she didn't even face a break point and triumphed at the Bank of the West Classic in straight sets 7-6(1) 6-3. Earlier at the $710,000 tournament, after a first-round bye, the top-seeded Williams beat Karolina Pliskova in the second round, fifth seed Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals and eighth-seed Andrea Petkovic in the semis.
Elsewhere, at the $250,000 Citi Open in Washington, Svetlana Kuznetsova won her first WTA title in four years by beating Kurumi Nara 6-3 4-6 6-4.
Meanwhile, Women's Tennis Blog has been reporting live from the Rogers Cup in Montreal: the first gathering of players on Friday, the start of qualifying action on Saturday and the busy Sunday, which saw the second day of qualifying and the practices of big names, especially Victoria Azarenka who worried the crowd by fiddling with her left thigh and cutting her practice session short. Stay with us this week for more exclusive updates from the Rogers Cup! (photo: Harjanto Sumali)