Two Americans Qualify for Main Draw

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STANFORD, Calif. - Two American players qualified for the main draw of the 2016 Bank of the West Classic on Sunday, with four total players advancing through the weekend qualifying draw. 

Elitsa Kostova started the day defeating Olga Govortsova on stadium court 6-0, 6-3. Kostova, the second seed in the qualifying draw, received a bye on Saturday before securing her entry into the main draw Sunday morning. 

Joining her in the main draw is American Asia Muhammad, who defeated the qualifying draw’s top seed Julia Glushko 6-2, 6-3. Muhammad advanced to Sunday’s final round of qualifying after defeating current Stanford sophomore Caroline Lampl, 6-1, 6-0. 

Ana Bogdan was the third to qualify for the main draw, beating Yulia Beygelzimer 6-0, 6-3 on the outer court. Bogdan defeated Maria Sanchez on Saturday 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of qualifying. 

Sachia Vickery won the final qualifying match of the weekend draw, defeating fellow American Taylor Townsend 6-2, 6-2. Vickery beat Yifan Xu on Saturday before upsetting the fourth-seeded Townsend Sunday to qualify for the main draw. 

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.
 
Tickets for the Bank of the West Classic are on sale now with individual session tickets starting at just $34.
 
The Bank of the West Classic also provides fans with multiple money-saving ticket packages that start as low as $192 for Night Session Packages, $265 for Weekend Packages and $620 for Full Week Packages. Groups of 15 or more can also receive discounts of up to 20%.
 
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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 $753,000. 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 AIRLINES 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.

 

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