STANFORD, CA - JULY 14: Serena Williams returns a shot to Sorana Cirstea of Romania during the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 14, 2012 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Bank Of The West Classic 2012: Serena Williams Wins Second-Straight Title

Serena Williams defended her title at the Bank of the West Classic, the first stop of the U.S. Open Series.

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2012 Bank Of The West Classic: Serena Williams Advances To Semifinals

Serena Williams is one step closer to defending her Bank of the West Classic title after she advanced to the semifinals on Friday.

Williams, fresh off her fifth career Wimbledon title, defeated Chanelle Scheepers in straight sets during day 5. The two battled in the first set with Williams ultimately prevailing 6-4. She then cruised in the second set, winning 6-0 to advance.

Williams will face No. 9 seed Sorana Cirstea in the semifinals on Saturday. Cirstea advanced to the semifinals by beatting No. 3 seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-7, 6-2, 6-0. On the other side of the bracket, No. 5 seed Yanina Wickmayer and Coco Vandeweghe also advanced to the semifinals on Friday. Vandeweghe defeated Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-4. Wickmayer moved on by defeating No. 2 seed Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-2.

You can find a full scoreboard of the 2012 Bank of the West Classic courtesy of SI.com.

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2012 Bank Of The West Classic: Nicole Gibbs Advances, Will Face Serena Willims In Round 2

Day 2 of the 2012 Bank of the West Classic took place on Tuesday with seven matches, and now we know who will play Serena Williams, fresh off a Wimbledon victory, in the second round. American Nicole Gibbs defeated Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

The only seeded player on the court on Tuesday, No. 8 Marina Erakovic, also won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. She will play Urszula Radwańska, younger sister of Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka. Radwańska defeated Eleni Daniilidou, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Erika Sema defeated Alexa Glatch, 6-2, 6-3. Saisai Zheng advanced to the second round after Ayumi Morita retired during the first set. Zheng was leading the set, 4-2. Mallory Burdette lost the first set to Anne Keothavong, 2-6, but recovered and won the next two, 7-5, 6-4. In the late match, Sorana Cirstea defeated American Vania King in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.

You can find a full scoreboard of the 2012 Bank of the West Classic courtesy of SI.com.

For complete updates on the Bank of the West Classic, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the world of professional tennis, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

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