Bank of the West Classic
Serena Williams overcame a shaky start and two service breaks to beat lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe.
Marion Bartoli won 11 consecutive games to beat Mallory Burdette of Stanford University, 7-5, 6-0, in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday.
Four days after capturing the singles’ title at Wimbledon, the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams beat reigning NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Bank of the West on Wednesday.
Nicole Gibbs, a junior at Stanford, said she has never played better in her life. Now she gets to play the match of her life.
Serena Williams put on a clinic with precision serving and a sharp ground game to get the better of second-seeded Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic.
Serena Williams beat Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Thursday at the Bank of the West Classic to set up a quarterfinal match with Maria Sharapova in a battle of former world No. 1s.
Second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia set up a possible quarterfinal match with Serena Williams, beating Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Wednesday night at the Bank of the West Classic.
The former world No. 1 player beat Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova 6-0, 6-0, Tuesday in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic.
Fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia each won in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic on Monday night.