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Serena Williams Wins Bank Of The West Classic
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 4:31am PST USA
Serena Williams Wins Bank Of The West Classic, Angelique Kerber STANFORD--Sunday at the Bank of the West Classic final at Stanford, top ranked Serena Williams of the USA defeated the 3rd seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-6(7-1), 6-3 to jump start her US Open preparations.

Williams held serve to start the match but then lost five games in a row after committing several unforced errors while her opponent remained solid from the baseline.

Serving down 1-5, Williams held cleaned up her game to hold serve at love to reach 2-5.

The American faced two set points with Kerber serving at 40-15 before saving the first one with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Serena Williams of the USA
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Williams held serve to lead 6-5 after winning five total games in a row.

Kerber netted a forehand down the line to reach deuce before mounting baseline pressure from Williams resulted in a break of serve to reach 3-5.

Williams held serve, then broke serve before holding serve again to lead 6-5 after winning five total games in a row.

Serving to stay in the set, Kerber faced another set point which she erased before hitting a forehand down the line to game point winner to enter the tiebreaker.

Williams took a 5-0 lead in the tiebreaker following several unforced errors from Kerber.

A Kerber crosscourt forehand winner drew the score to 5-1 before the German would hit a crosscourt backhand long to fall behind 1-6 and face another set point.

A 113 miles per hour Williams ace out wide put the American ahead by one set.

In set two, Williams held serve then broke serve to take a 2-0 lead.

Serving down a break at 3-5, Kerber netted a crosscourt forehand followed by two backhands to face match point at 0-40.

The German saved all three match points before hitting a crosscourt forehand long to end the match.

Williams is next scheduled to compete this week at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada.

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