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Serena tops Andrea Petkovic

Updated: August 3, 2014, 1:37 AM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Serena Williams has put to rest any lingering concerns about her scary departure from Wimbledon with a strong showing in her hard-court opener.

Williams reached her fourth final of the season by taking the last eight games to beat Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-0 on Saturday in the Bank of the West Classic.

The top-seeded and top-ranked Williams has won all three finals she has contested so far in 2014, winning titles at Brisbane, Miami and Rome.

The tournament ...

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