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Serena Williams wins third Bank of the West Classic title, beating Angelique Kerber

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    Serena Williams returns to Angelique Kerber, of Germany, during the championship match of the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Stanford , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns to Serena Williams during the championship match of the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Stanford , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Serena Williams returns to Angelique Kerber, of Germany, during the championship match of the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Stanford , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns to Serena Williams during the championship match of the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Stanford , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season Sunday, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-6(1), 6-3 in the Bank of the West Classic.

The top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hard-court event for the third time.

Williams will be No. 1 for the 200th week in her career when the rankings are announced Monday. She is fifth on the career list, nine weeks behind fourth-place Martina Hingis.

Williams beat the left-handed Kerber for the fourth straight time and fifth time in six overall meetings. All of their matches have been in straight sets.

Kerber, 0-4 in finals this season, won five straight games to go up 5-1 and was serving for the first set at 5-2. Williams saved two set points and went on a five-game run of her own.

The eighth-ranked Kerber forced a tiebreaker, where Williams took charge with five straight points to open.