Serena chalks up another title
Serena Williams took her Wimbledon momentum into the Bank of the West Classic final on Sunday, beating Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets.
Williams, fresh off her triumph at SW19, had not dropped more than four games in a match all week. Things proved slightly more taxing against Vandeweghe, but the American still prevailed 7-5 6-3.
Facing an opponent playing in her first WTA final, Williams was made to fight hard in the opening set, losing her serve on two occasions. However, the powerful world No. 6 always looked threatening on the Vandeweghe delivery, and she prevented the tiebreaker to take the first set.
The Williams serve then kicked up a gear as she lost only one of 20 points on first serve in the second set. A solitary break did the job as she secured a 43rd WTA title.
Elsewhere, top seed Sara Errani was a comfortable winner of the Italia Open after she saw off Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in Sunday's final.
Zahlavova Strycova ended Laura Robson's hopes of a maiden WTA title in the semis, but she was always second-best against Errani, who won 6-1 6-3 to become the first Italian to win four WTA titles in a year.