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Johanna Konta tops Venus Williams for first singles crown

Hard-hitting Johanna Konta whipped winners every which way and outslugged top-seeded Venus Williams for her first career singles title, winning the Bank of the West Classic 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 on Sunday.

Her serve and return games equally solid on another unseasonably hot day on Stanford's campus, Konta held on in the third set after squandering a 4-1 lead in the second. When Williams netted her forehand return on the third match point, Konta dropped her racket to the ground and covered her face in triumph before heading to the net for a handshake. After receiving her trophy and addressing Williams directly with a thoughtful compliment of her opponent's grace and game, Konta posed for...

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