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Sam Stosur seeded #1 in Stanford tournament.

Sam Stosur will headline the Bank of the West Classic (26 July–1August) at Stanford University.

Stosur, who hasn’t played since Wimbledon, will begin her US preparations at the event, which has been running for 40 years.

The current world No.5 will be joined by 2008 Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva, 2010 Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva, current World No. 11 Agnieszka Radwanska, defending Bank of the West Classic champion Marion Bartoli, three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, Israeli star Shahar Peer, and 2009 US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer.

Other players who will feature in the 30-woman draw include: 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, former World No. 1 Dinara Safina, current World No. 18 Victoria Azarenka, 2010 Australian Open semifinalist Zheng Jie, Slovakian star Daniela Hantuchova and rising American star Melanie Oudin.

Stosur will be looking to use this event as a springboard to a successful hardcourt season. The Queenslander, who is currently in Sydney, said that she’s hoping to achieve a career-best result at the US Open which begins on 30 August.


Sharapova will team up with Wickmayer to play doubles in Stanford.

Maria Sharapova confirmed today that she will play doubles with Yanina Wickmayer at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford which begins on July 26th. She decided to make this move in an attempt to improve her coordination close to the net. As her service has returned she needs to take advantage of its power to win cheap points with a better volley.

This will mark only the second time in the previous five years that Sharapova has competed in doubles play. She played Indian Wells in 2009 and at the 2005 AEGON Classic in Birmingham.

Sharapova and Wickmayer join the team of Lindsay Davenport and Liezel Huber as doubles entries to the 2010 Bank of the West Classic.

The 2010 Bank of the West Classic singles draw is shaping up to be one of the most competitive ever with many of the world’s best players entered to play including Sharapova, Wickmayer, Ana Ivanovic, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Vera Zvonareva , Samantha Stosur, Zheng Jie, Marion Bartoli and Melanie Oudin.


Elena Dementieva will return to action at the Bank of the West Classic.

The 2010 Bank of the West Classic announced today that Maria Sharapova will be the featured evening match on Tuesday, July 27 at 7 pm.

Sharapova’s opponent will not be known until the 2010 draw is announced on Saturday, July 24.

The player field at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic, which will be played July 26 – August 1 at Stanford University, is once again loaded with many of the world’s top players.

The tournament will host three of the top-10 ranked players in the world, 12 of the top-30 overall, and a plethora of players that have been among the last four competing at numerous Grand Slam tournaments.

In addition to Sharapova, the tournament field includes Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Vera Zvonareva, Samantha Stosur, Zheng Jie, Yanina Wickmayer, Daniela Hantuchova, Marion Bartoli and Kimiko Date Krumm.

And if that wasn’t enough, the doubles draw will feature Lindsay Davenport playing with Liezel Huber, the world’s No. 1 ranked doubles player.


Masha has a tough opener in Stanford Monday.


The 2009 Bank of the West Classic today announced a partial playing schedule for the opening round of this year’s tournament which features perhaps the best player field in the 39-year history of the event.

Three-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova will play Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. against 2008 Bank of the West Classic semifinalist Ai Sugiyama.

The day session on Tuesday, July 28 will feature No. 4 seed Jelena Jankovic taking the court against a tournament qualifier in the third match on Stadium Court. That match will be followed by No. 2 seed Venus Williams against Canadian wildcard entry Stephanie Dubois.

Tuesday’s evening session will open with top-seed Serena Williams facing Chinese star Li Na at 7 p.m.

The remaining first round schedule will be announced on Sunday, July 26.


US Open Series begins at Stanford Univ.


The 39th edition of the Bank of the West Classic will take place from July 27th – August 2nd, at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, Stanford University. The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Olympus US Open Series. A Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier II event, the Bank of the West Classic is a well-established Bay Area event and features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $700,000. Held on Stanford University’s campus at Taube Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams. Serving up the best in women’s tennis, exceptional television coverage and with 33,000 expected to be in attendance throughout the week, the Bank of the West Classic is sure to provide world class entertainment for all ages.

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