STANFORD, Calif. - Local favorite CiCi Bellis won her second round match at the 2016 Bank of the West Classic on Thursday, setting up a quarterfinal against No. 1 seed Venus Williams on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Bellis, the 17-year-old resident of nearby Atherton, California, defeated fellow American Sachia Vickery 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. On Tuesday, she advanced through the first round past Jelena Ostapenko, the 37th-ranked player in the world.
No. 2 seed Dominika Cibulkova also advanced. Cibulkova, the 12th-ranked player in the world, defeated Urszula Radwanska 7-6, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded Misaki Doi. Yesterday, Doi defeated countrywoman Nao Hibino of Japan 6-3, 6-4 to earn her place in the round of eight.
Former Stanford Cardinal standout Nicole Gibbs fell in the second round to No. 4 seed CoCo Vandeweghe. Gibbs broke Vandeweghe three times in the first en route to a 6-2 set win before Vandeweghe responded with a strong 6-4 win in the second set. Vandeweghe, the 34th-ranked player in the world, closed the door with a 6-2 win in the third set.
In the first match of the day, American Alison Riske fell behind 5-0 in the first set to weekend qualifier Ana Bogdan. Bogdan took the first set, 6-3, but Riske found the momentum and won 15 of the last 22 games in the match, securing a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to qualify for the quarterfinals.
In the doubles draw, second-seeded American duo of Raquel Atawo and and Abigail Spears won the final first-round match of the competition, defeating Julia Glushko and Magda Linette 6-3, 6-4. Atawo and Spears will face Jelena Ostapenko and Arina Rodionova in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Johanna Konta and Maria Sanchez punched their ticket to the semifinals, defeating No. 1 seeded pair Yifan Xu and Saisai Zheng 6-4, 6-4. They play Darija Jurak and Anastasia Rodionova on Saturday, who beat Kateryna Bondarenko and Olga Savchuk in the quarterfinals on Thursday night.
The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women's event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who's Who of women's tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
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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 $846,000. 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.
ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST: Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $77.2 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 23 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees.
ABOUT THE EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES: The world’s best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the Emirates Airline US Open Series, now in its 13th season. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the Emirates Airline US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis. In 2014, Serena Williams won the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s title for the second consecutive year, earning a record tennis paycheck of $4 million. Rafael Nadal (2013), Roger Federer (2007) and Kim Clijsters (2005) also accomplished the feat of winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open singles title within the same year.