STANFORD, Calif. - The 2017 Bank of the West Classic singles draw was announced on Friday evening at Opa Restaurant in Palo Alto. Top seeds Garbiñe Mugaruza, Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova all secured first-round byes.
Reigning Wimbledon Champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, first timer at the Bank of the West Classic, headlines a quarter of the bracket and will play the winner of Misaki Doi and Kayla Day.
Opposite Muguruza’s quarter in the top-half of the draw is third-seeded Madison Keys. Keys will face the winner of Naomi Osaka and a Qualifier in the second round.
The top-half of the draw also includes five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova who drew Jennifer Brady as a first round opponent. Sharapova and Keys would meet in the quarterfinals should both advance.
Second-seeded Petra Kvitova’s highlights the bottom half of the draw, which also features eighth-seeded Catherine Bellis. Bellis will play Alizé Cornet in round one. Kvitova will play the winner of Francesca Schiavone and Kateryna Bondarenko in round two.
Opposite Kvitova in the bottom-half is fourth-seeded Pavlyuchenkova. She will face the winner of Alison Riske and Magda Linette. Seventh-seeded Coco Vandeweghe rounds out the bottom half of the draw with a first-round matchup against Ajla Tomljanovic.
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 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 $776,000. 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 US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 14th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis.
Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.
ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions.