Serena Williams returns a shot to Nicole Gibbs during the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Stanford, California. AFP/Matthew Stockman
Four days after capturing the singles' title at Wimbledon, fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams beat fellow American Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Bank of the West on Wednesday.
Gibbs double-faulted on her first serve and then seemed to regain her composure and played a number of strong points the rest of the way.
Williams, who credited her win at Stanford last year as rejuvenating her career, said it took some time to adjust to the different conditions between Wimbledon grass and California hard court.
In other matches, fifth-seeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgian beat Heather Watson of Britain 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 and sixth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa topped wild card Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal 6-3, 6-4.