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  • Serena secures Stanford tourney

  • STANFORD, Calif. — Serena Williams stared at the court, took a deep breath and seemed to clear her head after falling behind in the first set. She dominated the rest of the way.
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  • STANFORD, Calif. — Serena Williams stared at the court, took a deep breath and seemed to clear her head after falling behind in the first set. She dominated the rest of the way.
    Playing her first tournament since her departure from Wimbledon because of equilibrium problems, the top-ranked Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the year, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-6(1), 6-3 on Sunday in Bank of the West Classic.
    Kerber, 0-4 in finals this season, won five straight games to go up 5-1 and was serving for the first set at 5-2. Williams saved two set points and went to win five games in a row.
    "I blinked my eye and I was down 1-5," Williams said. "Angelique was playing well and I thought 'What's going on?' I tried to relax, not think about anything and just do the right thing."
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