Down 1-5 in the first set against Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams--not surprisingly--turned on "the switch" in today's Stanford final and overcame Kerber 7-6, 6-3. Kerber served for the first set at 5-4 and was broken, then saved a set point and took the set to a tiebreak. The German star won only one point in that tiebreak, however, and the rest of the match was pretty much about Serena.
3rd seeds Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro won the doubles final, defeating Paula Kania and Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.
At the Citi Open in Washington, DC, Svetlana Kuznetsova claimed her first singles title in four years. Kuznetsova defeated Kurumi Nara 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the final. Nara, with partner Hiroko Kuwata, had to settle for runner-up status in the doubles final, too. 2nd seeds Shuko Aoyama and Gabriela Dabrowski won the title, defeating Nara and Kuwata 6-1, 6-2 in yesterday's final.
Rogers Cup qualifying was tough. Elena Vesnina, Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Mladenovic failed to make it to the main draw. Donna Vekic and Kimiko Date-Krumm failed to make it out of qualifying, too, with Vekic losing in the first round. Defending champion Serena Williams, the top seed, has a bye in the opening round.