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Serena Williams returns to winning ways

Updated: August 1, 2011, 4:47 PM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Serena Williams smashed one final serve, dropped her racket, clenched her hands together and raised her arms in triumph.

At long last, a champion again.

After blood clots in her lungs and two foot operations threatened her career for nearly a year, Williams captured her first tournament title since returning with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Marion Bartoli in the Bank of the West Classic final Sunday.

"Coming back and hearing the claps when I walk out there ...

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