2015 Bank of the West Classic Main Draw Announced
Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniaki is the tournament’s No. 1 seed
STANFORD, Calif. (www.mubadalasvc.com) – The 2015 Bank of the West Classic singles draw was announced Friday night at Stanford Shopping Center, with Caroline Wozniaki and Agnieszka Radwanska securing the top two seeds, respectively.
The first quarter of the draw features former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniaki, who is currently ranked No. 4. Making her tournament debut at Stanford, Wozniaki has captured 23 career WTA singles titles and became the top seed after defending champion Serena Williams withdrew Friday due to an injury. Carol Zhao, an All-American in each of her first two years at Stanford, received a wildcard and will oppose Mona Barthel.
Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, current World No. 12, and seventh-seeded Madison Keys highlight the second quarter of the draw. Also lurking in this portion of the bracket is Sabine Lisicki, 2013 Wimbledon finalist and winner of four career WTA singles championships. Pliskova and Lisicki will square off against qualifiers while 2015 Australian Open semifinalist Keys faces Aleksandra Krunic.
Headlining the third quarter of the draw is a potential clash between No. 3 seed Carla Suarez Navarro and No. 8 seed Elina Svitolina. One of the most consistent players on tour this year, Suarez Navarro has reached the quarterfinals or better in 10 of the first 11 events this season. Svitolina enters the tournament ranked No. 20 in the world.
No. 2 seed and 2015 Wimbledon semifinalist Agnieszka Radwanska is the key player to watch in the lower portion of the draw. Radwanska is joined by No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber, last year’s tournament runner-up. Meanwhile, wildcard and Bay Area standout CiCi Bellis is making her second tournament appearance and will battle a qualifier.
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). Qualifying will be held Aug. 1-2 and is free to the public.
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.