SAN JOSÉ, CA (July 26, 2019) – The singles draw for the 2019 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has been announced, and it features some exciting first round matchups. The draw ceremony took place at Santana Row for the second consecutive year, with defending champion Mihaela Buzarnescu, tournament director Vickie Gunnarsson, and WTA supervisor Melanie Tabb on hand to present.
Buzarnescu, who claimed her maiden WTA singles title at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in 2018, will begin her title defense against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, awarded a wild card into this year’s tournament, faces off with fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, herself a Grand Slam champion with 8 major doubles titles. Williams, a two-time winner at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, plays her opening match Tuesday night at 7 PM.
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With the top four seeds advancing to the second round with a bye, the half in which they will be playing was all that was left to settle. 17-year-old French Open semifinalist Amanda Anisimova, seeded 4th, was drawn into the top half with top seed and 2018 WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina. In the bottom half are doubles partners No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka and No. 3 seed Elise Mertens.
The remaining four seeded players do not get a bye, however, with No. 5 seed Donna Vekic scheduled to play Japan’s Misaki Doi and No. 6 seed Carla Suarez Navarro playing Madga Linette. Last year’s finalist Maria Sakkari, seed 7th this year, plays Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, while Australian Open semifinalist Danielle Collins, the No. 8 seed, gets Zhang Shuai in the opening round.
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka will begin her search for a second Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic title — her first coming in 2010 — against a qualifier, who will be determined this weekend.
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Coco Vandeweghe, on her way back from a lengthy injury absence, was granted a wild card this year and will play Marie Bouzkova in the first round. Vandeweghe, twice a finalist at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, will grace the court Monday night at 7 PM.
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Now entering its 49th year, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a weeklong WTA Premier event bringing the worlds of tennis and technology together in a festival of sports and entertainment. Highlighting the best the region has to offer, the tournament showcases locally sourced cuisine, fine wine and cheese selections, interactive fan exhibitions, premier hospitality options, and of course, incredible tennis action.
Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw the tournament boasts $876,183 in prize money and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.
With several different ticket options available, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has something for everyone. To purchase tickets go to www.MubadalaSVC.com or call 1-866-982-8497.
ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first women’s 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 $876,183.
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