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S. Williams defends Stanford crown

July 15, 2012 at 7:03 PM

STANFORD, Calif., July 15 (UPI) -- Serena Williams followed up last week's Wimbledon victory by defending her Bank of the West Classic crown Sunday, defeating Coco Vandeweghe in the final.

The top-seeded Williams posted a 7-5, 6-3 decision over Vandeweghe at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium, repeating her victory of last year when she downed Marion Bartoli of France.

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It was the 43rd career singles title for the 30-year-old American star.

Twenty-year-old countrywoman Vandeweghe was appearing in her first career final.

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