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Serena Williams opens hard-court season with Bank of the West victory
Serena Williams opens hard-court season with Bank of the West victory

Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season Sunday, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the Bank of the West Classic at Palo Alto, Calif. The top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hard-court event for the third time. Williams will be No. 1 for the 200th week in her career when the rankings are announced Monday. She is fifth on the career list, nine weeks behind fourth-place Martina Hingis. Williams beat the left-handed Kerber for the fourth straight time and fifth time in six overall meetings. All of their matches have been in straight sets. Kerber, 0-4 in finals this season, won five straight games to go up 5-1 and was serving for the...

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