Williams matches sister with 43rd career title

Serena Williams overcame a shaky start and two service breaks to beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday for her second straight Bank of the West Classic title at Stanford, Calif.

It was the 43rd championship of Williams’ career, tying her older sister, Venus, for the most among active players.

HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIPS: Top-seeded John Isner successfully defended his title, beating Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (1), 6-4 at Newport, R.I.

CROATIA OPEN: Marin Cilic became the first home player in 22 years to win the tournament, beating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 6-2 at Umag, Croatia.

MERCEDES CUP: Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia won his first title of the year, beating Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in a rain-delayed final at Stuttgart, Germany.

SWEDISH OPEN: David Ferrer remained unbeaten in 11 career matches against fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, winning 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the clay-court tournament at Bastad, Sweden.

ITALIACOM OPEN: Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic at Palermo, Sicily, earning her fourth title of the year.


AMERICAN LEGION: Grayson Beressi’s RBI double sparked a four-run fifth inning as Falmouth (10-6) earned a split against Andrews Post (8-7) with a 7-2 victory after losing 2-1 in the opener at Falmouth.

Addison Foltmer and Nick Spencer each drove in two runs, and Will D’Agostino had three hits for Falmouth in the second game.

In Game 1, Adam Berg squeezed home Tim Rovnak to give Andrews a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning. Nate Smart scattered eight hits and struck out five to earn the win.

FCBL: Mike Bradstreet struck out nine in eight innings to spur the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (13-13) to a 5-1 win over the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (13-16) at Oak Bluffs, Mass.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: The University of Maine signed Stefan Micovic, a 6-foot-8 forward from Serbia.


PDL: Five players scored Saturday night as the Portland Phoenix (10-4-2) ended their Premier Development League regular season with a 5-0 rout of the Boston Victory (3-11-2) at Scarborough High.

Jason Massie started the onslaught in the second minute, converting a cross from Blaike Woodruff. Eric Anderson made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 10th minute, and Ben Havey scored on a chip in the 18th minute.

Keegan Ziada and Andrew Jones added goals in the final 15 minutes.

The Phoenix finished second in the Northeast Division, one point behind the Ottawa Fury. Ottawa hosts a play-in game Wednesday against the Phoenix, with the winner moving on to the Eastern Conference playoffs.


NEW ENGLAND FOREST RALLY: Antoine L’Estage of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and co-driver Nathalie Richard of Halifax, Nova Scotia, won the event at Sunday River for the third year in a row.

Bethel native Chris Duplessis finished sixth overall and second in the two-wheel drive class with co-driver Alex Kihurani of Philadelphia.

— From staff and news services