SAN JOSÉ, CA (July 30, 2021) – The main singles draw for the 2021 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has been announced ahead of the tournament’s 50th anniversary event. The draw ceremony took place at Santana Row for a third consecutive tournament with WTA player Emma Raducanu, tournament director Vickie Gunnarsson, and WTA supervisor Melanie Tabb on hand to present.
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Raducanu, accepting a wild card after her trip to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month, will face China’s Shuai Zhang on Monday night in the first round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
The tournament’s other wild card, Claire Liu, drew Dayana Yastremska to open the event. Liu, the 2017 Wimbledon girls’ champion, is making her second appearance in Silicon Valley.
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. A two-time winner in the WTA, Daria Kasatkina is seeded fourth and was drawn into the top half with top seed and 2019 Qatar Open champion Elise Mertens.
In the bottom half is No. 2 seed Elena Rybakina and third-seeded Madison Keys. Keys is making her first appearance in San José but did take home the title in 2017 when the event was held at Stanford. She awaits the winner of Monday’s Raducanu-Zhang showdown.
No. 5 seed Veronika Kudermetova is set to face Coco Vandeweghe in one of the top first round matchups.
Joining that pair in the bottom half of the draw are a couple of all-American headliners as seventh-seeded Danielle Collins faces Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske takes on Sloane Stephens.
No. 6 seed Petra Martic and No. 8 Yulia Putintseva will play out of the top half of the draw. Martic opens with Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova and Putintseva will face Croatia’s Donna Vekic.
Making her third appearance at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is Amanda Anisimova. She was drawn against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic to complete one of the top first round pairings.
Individual session tickets are available now, with opening-round tickets starting at only $20. Get your tickets today for this historic Bay Area event as it returns to San José State University, August 2-8, and celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Weeklong ticket packages are also available.
Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the tournament was the first event of the historic 1971 women's professional tennis tour, a precursor to the WTA. Its list of past champions 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 can be purchased at www.MubadalaSVC.com, or you can call the tournament ticket office at 1-833-94-MATCH (1-833-946-2824).
Owned and operated by IMG, the tournament features a 28-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.
ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic celebrates its 50th Anniversary and is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA 1000 level event is the first women's stop on the US Open Series and features a 28-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $565,530.
ABOUT MUBADALA: Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi. Mubadala's $243.4 billion (AED 894 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profit while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the economy of the United Arab Emirates. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Mubadala has offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Beijing. For more information about Mubadala Investment Company, please visit: www.mubadala.com
ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: The US Open Series serves as a true "regular season" of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. Featuring a cohesive weekly 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 grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sport, events, fashion, and media. The company manages some of the world's greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.
ABOUT SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY: The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges. With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce. The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.