STANFORD, Calif. (www.mubadalasvc.com) – The 2013 Bank of the West Classic singles draw was announced Friday evening at Stanford Shopping Center, with Wimbledon semifinalist Agnieszka Radwanska and 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur earning first-round byes and locking up the top two seeds, respectively.
The first quarter of the draw features top-seeded Radwanska, who has maintained a top-four ranking throughout the last year. Radwanska will face the winner of former Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. Sixth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko is the other seeded player in the top quarter.
There are several talented, young American players in the second quarter of the draw. Jamie Hampton, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, will be playing her first tour event as a seeded player. Madison Keys, enjoying a breakthrough season as the youngest player ranked in the top-50, faces No. 8 seed Magdalena Rybarikova. Nicole Gibbs, two-time defending NCAA singles champion from Stanford, was awarded a wild card entry.
Headlining the third quarter of the draw is a potential clash between No. 3 seed Dominika Cibulkova and No. 7 seed Urszula Radwanska, with both players ranked among the top-50. Promising young American Christina McHale and Daniela Hantuchova, who has claimed six WTA singles crowns, also look to advance from that section of the bracket.
No. 2 seed Samantha Stosur is the key player to watch in the lower portion of the draw. Stosur will be making her sixth appearance at the Bank of the West Classic and has competed well in previous seasons, reaching the semifinals in 2009 and 2010. Sorana Cirstea is the tournament’s No. 5 seed and will open competition against Ayumi Morita.
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: 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 Emirates Airline US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $795,000. 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, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
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