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Stanford, CA (Sports Network) - Serena Williams is familiar with raising trophies at the end of tournaments, but she had yet to do so in 2011 before winning the Bank of the West Classic finale on Sunday.
Sidelined for most of the year due to medical complications, Williams made her third tournament of the year a victorious one, ousting third-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, 7-5, 6-1 in one hour, 22 minutes.
Williams lost her second service game of the match before taking control, finishing with 11 aces to Bartoli's three. She broke her opponent's serve to take the first set, then won the first five games of the second en route to her 38th career title and first since Wimbledon last year.
Bartoli, the 2009 champion at Stanford, beat an overmatched Williams in straight sets at Wimbledon last month, but couldn't duplicate the feat. She was trying for her seventh career title.
Williams came into the tournament ranked 169th in the world, but the victory will likely launch her into the top-80 again.
The 13-time major champion pocketed $111,000 and now has over $33 million in career earnings.
07/31 16:53:53 ET
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