Top-seeded Misaki Doi advanced with a three-set victory
STANFORD, Calif. (www.mubadalasvc.com) – Top-seeded Misaki Doi was one of three seeded players to emerge from the qualifying round on Sunday afternoon at the 2015 Bank of the West Classic, booking a spot in the main draw.
Doi rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Julia Boserup and will next face 16-year old wildcard CiCi Bellis in the first match of the day on Monday. No. 2 seed Kateryna Bondarenko also prevailed in a three-setter, outlasting Petra Martic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to earn a meeting with Elina Svitolina when main draw play begins.
Perhaps the most entertaining match of the day saw No. 5 seed Nicole Gibbs shake off an early deficit to rally past No. 4 seed Anna Tatishvilli 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. An All-American in singles during each of her three seasons at Stanford (2010-13) and two-time NCAA singles champion, Gibbs moved into the tournament’s main draw for the first time since 2013.
The afternoon’s only battle of unseeded players was won by Kimiko Date-Krumm, who took down Gabriela Dabrowski 6-4, 6-1. The 44-year old Date Krumm will oppose Sabine Lisicki, 2013 Wimbledon finalist and winner of four career WTA singles titles, in the opening round.
Tickets for 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).
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.
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.