Williams wreaks revenge on Bartoli
Serena Williams secured her first title for more than a year after beating Marion Bartoli in the Bank of the West Classic final.
Williams had spent almost 12 months on the sidelines through illness and injury following her success at Wimbledon in 2010, returning to action in time for the defence of her title at SW19 this year.
It was obviously going to take some time for her to rediscover her best form but she certainly has shown it in Stanford, California, having thrashed both Maria Sharapova and Sabine Lisicki to reach the final.
The former world number one struggled initially in the opening set against Bartoli, who beat her in straight sets in the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year, as she was broken twice to fall 5-4 behind.
Bartoli was unable to serve out the set though and that sparked an impressive show of power from the American who reeled off eight straight games to put her in sight of victory.
The rot was stopped briefly at 5-1 in the second but Williams served out comfortably to lay down a marker for the upcoming US Open with a 7-5 6-1 win.