STANFORD, Calif. - The 2016 Bank of the West Classic singles draw was announced Friday evening at the Stanford Shopping Center, with top seeds Venus Williams, Dominika Cibulkova, Johanna Kanta and CoCo Vandeweghe securing first-round byes.
Former World No. 1 Williams, a two-time winner of the Bank of the West Classic, headlines a quarter of the bracket and will play the winner of Kristyna Pliskova and Magda Linette in round two on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm. Local favorite CiCi Bellis will face six-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, while two of the four weekend qualifiers will square off.
In Vandeweghe’s quarter of the bracket, former Stanford standouts Nicole Gibbs and Carol Zhao play each other in a matchup of former Cardinal number ones, with the winner to play Vandeweghe. Eighth-seeded Vavara Lepchenko rounds out the second quarter of the draw with a first-round matchup against Alison Riske.
Third-seeded Johanna Konta’s quarter of the draw includes wildcards Maria Mateas and Julia Boserup, with seventh-seeded Alize Cornet set to face Jennifer Brady in round one.
Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova’s quarter features fifth-seeded Misaka Doi, who plays Xinyun Han in round one. Cibulkova will play the winner of Anna Tatishvili and Kateryna Bondarenko in round two.
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.