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Johanna Konta wins Bank of West Classic final over Venus Williams

Johanna Konta of Great Britain competes against Venus

Johanna Konta of Great Britain competes against Venus Williams of the United States in the final during day seven of the Bank of the West Classic at the Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 24, 2016 in Stanford, California. Credit: Getty Images / Lachlan Cunningham

STANFORD, Calif. — Hard-hitting Johanna Konta whipped winners every which way and outslugged top-seeded Venus Williams to capture 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, 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.

No. 3 seed Konta figured out Williams’ big serve for the second time this year, standing some 10 feet behind the baseline to return it and generating pace from Williams’ regular serves of well more than 100 mph.

The 25-year-old Konta also stunned Williams with the straight-set victory in the first round at this year’s Australian Open.

She became the fourth-oldest first-time titlist this year.


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