STANFORD, Calif. - Local favorite CiCi Bellis highlighted day two of the main draw at the 2016 Bank of the West, upsetting No. 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-4 in the first round at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
17-year old Bellis, who resides in nearby Atherton, California, fell behind early, surrendering an early break point to Ostapenko, the 37th ranked player in the world. Bellis responded with two breaks of her own, taking the first set 6-4.
Ostapenko opened the second set in similar fashion, forcing Bellis into a 4-1 hole. Bellis then took charge, winning the next five games, including three breaks, to win in straight sets against the favored Ostapenko.
Urszula Radwanska won the first match of the day, taking down Kateryna Bondarenko 6-4, 7-5. Radwanska faces Domonika Cibulkova, the draw’s second-seeded player who was awarded a first-round bye.
American Julia Boserup, a wild card entry in the main draw, overcame an early deficit to beat Naomi Osaka 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Boserup will play Johanna Konta in the second round, who received a first-round bye as the draw`s third seed.
Magda Linette lost the first set to Krystina Pliskova before rebounding to win in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. On Thursday night, Linette will face top-seeded Venus Williams, who had a bye in round one.
In a matchup of two Americans, Alison Riske orchestrated a comeback of her own against eighth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko, prevailing by the score of 2-6, 6-3, 7-6. Riske goes up against Ana Bogdan in round two, who made the main draw after qualifying over the weekend.
On the doubles side of the competition, top-seeded pair Yifan Xu and Saisai Zheng defeated Yuliya Beygelzimer and Kristyna Pliskova 7-5, 6-1. Xu and Zheng will play Johanna Konta and Maria Sanchez, who also won today.
Konta and Sanchez beat the all-Chinese pair of Xinyun Han and Chen Liang 7-5, 7-6. The American pair of Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend advanced as well, defeating Japanese pair Misaki Doi and Nao Hibino 6-2, 2-6, 12-10.
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.
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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 $846,000. 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 AIRLINE 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.