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Last week:

Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianopolis, Brazil
It's been a banner year for Brazil's Teliana Pereira. The 27-year-old came into the 2015 season with no WTA titles to her name and a career-high ranking just inside the Top 100. Now, just over seven months into the season, Pereira can count two WTA titles to her name. Pereira became just the second Brazilian to win a WTA title on home soil after defeating Germany's Annika Beck 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the final in Florianopolis. Earlier this season she won her maiden title at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotá, Colombia. The wins solidify her status as South America's top-ranked player.

Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan
If it's been a banner year for Pereira, it was a banner week for Russia's Margarita Gasparyan. The last time Gasparyan stood on a world stage was at Wimbledon, when she led No.1 Serena Williams 3-1 in the first set before the American elevated her game to win in straights. But that match was a spark for Gasparyan, whose deceptive one-handed backhand flummoxed Williams throughout the match. That swashbuckling swing was on full display last week in Baku, where she became the eighth first-time titleist of the season, beating Romania's Patricia Maria Tig 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 in the final to win Baku.

Gasparyan hit a number of important career milestones during her Baku run. She came into the tournament without a single WTA main draw win in her career, but finally broke through with a straight set win over 2014 Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova. In addition to winning her first WTA singles title, Gasparyan also walked away with the doubles title, pairing with Alexandra Panova to beat the No.2 seeds, Vitalia Diatchenko and Olga Savchuk, in the final.

Jiangxi Women's Tennis Open, Nanchang, China
As it turned out, Jelena Jankovic's long flight to China to play a WTA 125K Series tournament was worth it. Jankovic won her first title in over a year, rolling through the draw in Nanchang without the loss of a set, beating Chang Kai-Chen 6-3, 7-6(6) in the final.

This week:

Bank Of The West Classic, Stanford, Calif.
The Emirates Airline US Open Series kicks off this week in sunny California with the Bank of the West Classic. After No.1 Serena Williams withdrew from the Premier-level tournament citing a right elbow injury, her good friend Caroline Wozniacki will make her Stanford debut as the top seed. Agnieszka Radwanska, Carla Suárez Navarro, and Karolina Pliskova round out the top four seeds.

Stanford sees the return of a number of top players, all of whom took a well-deserved break after Wimbledon. Germany leads the way with six players in the main draw, led by Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, and Sabine Lisicki. Madison Keys and Elina Svitolina are also in the draw.

First round matches to watch: Angelique Kerber vs. Daria Gavrilova, Madison Keys vs. Aleksandra Krunic, Sabine Lisiki vs. Kimiko Date Krumm, Caroline Garcia vs. Nicole Gibbs, CiCi Bellis vs. Misaki Doi.

Citi Open, Washington DC
Top seed Ekaterina Makarova and No.21 Sam Stosur lead the field at the International-level tournament in America's capital. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is seeded fourth.

First round matches to watch: Sam Stosur vs. Kristina Mladenovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Magdalena Rybarikova, Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Madison Brengle, Belinda Bencic vs. Tereza Smitkova, CoCo Vandeweghe vs. Christina McHale, Zarina Diyas vs. Lauren Davis, Yulia Putintseva vs. Kurumi Nara.

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 Caroline Wozniacki

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