Serena Williams celebrated 200 weeks as world No.1 after lifting the 61st title of her career at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford

Serena wins fourth title of 2014 in Stanford



Originally published on 04/08/14

The American, who suffered a third-round defeat to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon before struggling with a virus that forced her to default her doubles match with sister Venus at SW19, bounced back to defeat Angelique Kerber 7-6(1) 6-3.

Playing in her first tournament since recovering from her illness, Williams came from a set down to beat Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-finals and showed similar resolve to come from 1-5 down in the first set against Kerber.

World No.8 Kerber, who saved match point against Varvara Lepchenko in the semi-finals, looked to be firmly on course to take the opening set, but Williams roared back, thanks largely in part to 37 winners to clinch a straight-sets victory.

"When I was down 1-5, I was just thinking I had to take it one point at a time," Williams said. "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 going forward.

"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 think I'm getting there."

Williams now heads to Canada for the defence of her Rogers Cup title in Montreal. She is also scheduled to play the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati ahead of the US Open, where she is also defending champion.


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