STANFORD, Calif. (www.mubadalasvc.com) – No. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska kicked off her tournament run with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Francesca Schiavone, highlighting main draw singles competition on Wednesday night at the Bank of the West Classic.
Radwanska, who has maintained a top-four WTA ranking throughout the last year and was a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month, easily closed out both sets after leading 5-1 in the first and 4-2 in the second. Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, was coming off a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Mallory Burdette in the first round on Monday.
Joining Radwanksa as other seeded players to advance on Wednesday were No. 5 Sorana Cirstea and No. 6 Varvara Lepchenko. Cirstea registered a 6-3, 6-3 victory over qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, who was looking to duplicate last year’s tournament run in which she emerged from the qualifying draw as a lucky loser. Lepchenko held off a late charge from Tamira Paszek, prevailing 6-4, 6-4.
Radwanksa will next face Lepchenko in the quarterfinals while Cirstea squares off against Olga Govortsova, who knocked off No. 2 seed Samantha Stosur on Tuesday.
In doubles play, the top two seeded duos of No. 1 Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears and No. 2 Julia Goerges/Darija Jurak advanced.
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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