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Kerber, Stephens win women's finals

© Reuters. Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a shot during her match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

(Reuters) - Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Karolina Pliskova in a tight three-set battle in the finals of the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday to match Serena Williams for most tournament titles this season.

Kerber closed out the up-and-coming Czech player by claiming the last two games of an entertaining two-hour, seven-minute contest for a 6-3 5-7 6-4 victory in Stanford, California.

It was Kerber's fourth victory of the year, tying Williams, who defeated the German in the Stanford final last year.

Williams's total, of course, includes...