Serena Williams Withdraws from Bank of the West Classic

WILLIAMS FORCED TO WITHDRAW FROM BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC

Stanford, California – World No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams has been forced to withdraw from the 2015 Bank of the West Classic due to a right elbow injury.

"I'm disappointed to have to withdraw from the Bank of the West Classic, but I need to get my elbow back to 100%,” said Williams. “The tournament is one of my favorites and the fans have always been so generous and supportive of me. I wish all of the players much success and I hope to return next year."

With three of the top-10 players in the world and eight ranked in the top-20 in attendance, including World No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki who will be making her Bank of the West Classic debut, the tournament player field is one of the best of the summer hard court season.

“Serena is having a historic season and we wish her a speedy recovery as she prepares for the US Open,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, Bank of the West Classic Tournament Director. “Unfortunatley injuries are part of sports and the health of the players is always the number one priority.”

Wozniacki, who will be the tournament’s No. 1 seed, is still scheduled to play on Thursday evening at 7 pm. Wednesday’s evening schedule will be determined following the draw announcement this evening.

Tickets for the Bank of the West Classic are on sale now. Individual tickets to the tournament’s opening round start at just $33 while ticket packages start at $205. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to www.mubadalasvc.com or call 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497).

Don’t miss your chance to see an incredible line-up including including Wozniacki, World No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanska, World No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 12 Karolina Pliskova, World No. 13 Angelique Kerber, No. 16 Andrea Petkovic, No. 18 Madison Keys, No. 20 Elina Svitolina, and No. 23 Sabine Lisicki.

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.

Qualifying will be held August 1-2 and is free to the public.

Log on to www.mubadalasvc.com for more information.

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 $731,000. 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: Founded in 1874, $62.4 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 700 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees.

 

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