Just eight days after winning Wimbledon, Serena Williams successfully switched to hardcourts and won the Premier-level Bank of the West Classic for her 43rd title, tying sister Venus for the most WTA titles among active players.
In the first all-American final on home soil in eight years, the top-seeded Williams defeated fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 7-5 6-3, retaining her straight-set route to the trophy even though Vandeweghe was serving for the first set and had a set point. Before the final, Williams lost a total of just 10 games in her victories over Nicole Gibbs in the second round, Chanelle Scheepers in the quarterfinals and Sorana Cirstea in the semis.
Vandeweghe was a lucky loser in the draw. This week she reached her first WTA semifinal and the run to the finals lifted her from No.120 to a career-high No.69 in the rankings.