bill-swift - July 16, 2012
Serena Williams is on fire. Just eight days after winning her fifth Wimbledon title, Williams reigned the courts of the WTA Stanford event at California to beat Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-3.
Top seed Williams won a set point 53 minutes in to take the first set and won the second set easily. This was Vandeweghe's first WTA finals and she played a good game against the 30-year-old veteran, but her efforts were obviously not good enough.
I played well enough to win, but I can do a lot better and play stronger. But there are a lot of positives and I was fighting and I didn't quit. I survived and didn't play my greatest, but mentally I was there and that really helped me a lot.
-- Serena Williams
Vandeweghe served in the first set, leading 5-4, but failed to convert on a set point that would've put her ahead. Williams rallied back by winning 6 break points, winning the first set when Vandeweghe double faulted. The second set was less of a challenge, as Williams surged forward with an early 3-1 lead.
This is Serena's fourth win in 2012, who now has 43 career titles, equal to that of older sister Venus.