STANFORD, Calif. (www.mubadalasvc.com) – Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will highlight the Tuesday night session (Session 4) against qualifier Paula Kania and Sam Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, will be headlining the Bank of the West Classic’s opening session on Monday as she takes on qualifier Naomi Osaka.
Also on Monday, World No. 18 Andrea Petkovic kicks off the night session against Ajla Tomljanovic, followed by the nightcap matchup between Coco Vandeweghe and recent Stanford graduate Kristie Ahn.
Tuesday at the Taube Family Tennis Center will be buzzing as defending champion Dominika Cibulkova takes the court against Garbine Muguruza not before 1:00 PM, followed by a battle between 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki in a not before 3:00 PM start.
Following Williams’ matchup on Tuesday night, World No. 31 Daniela Hantuchova makes her 10th Bank of the West Classic appearance against Paula Ormaechea.
Venus’ sister, Serena, headlines the Wednesday night session in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic.
Tickets for the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, which will be held July 28 – August 3 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University, can be purchased online at www.mubadalasvc.com or by phone at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497).
The Bank of the West Classic player field is loaded with the quality of a Grand Slam event with some of the world’s top players including 2012 Wimbledon finalist and World No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, World No. 8 Angelique Kerber, World No. 10 and two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, 2014 Australian Open finalist and defending Bank of the West Classic champion Dominika Cibulkova, World No. 18 Carla Suarez-Navarro, and 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur.
Individual session tickets for the opening round are on sale now and start as low as $30. If you plan on staying for an entire day of matches, Daily Double packages start at just $48.
The Bank of the West Classic also provides fans with multiple money-saving ticket packages that start as low as $190 for Night Session Packages, $255 for Weekend Packages and $595 for Full Week Packages. Groups of 15 or more can also receive discounts of up to 20%.
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.
The Bank of the West Classic offers several different seat options with prices to fit everyone's budget so reserve your seats today. Qualifying will be held July 26-27 and is free to the public.
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Monday – Day Session
Not before 1:00 PM: Sam Stosur vs. Naomi Osaka
Monday – Night Session
Not before 7:00 PM: Andrea Petkovic vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
Followed by: Coco Vandeweghe vs. Kristie Ahn
Tuesday – Day Session
Not before 1:00 PM: Dominika Cibulkova vs. Garbine Muguruza
Not before 3:00 PM: Ana Ivanovic vs. Sabine Lisicki
Tuesday – Night Session
Not before 7:00 PM: Venus Williams vs. Paula Kania
Followed by: Daniela Hantuchova vs. Paula Ormaechea
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 $710,000. 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 THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Founded in 1874, $68 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with 190,000 employees.
ABOUT THE EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 11th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won the 2013 US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s and women’s titles, each earning a record tennis paycheck of $3.6 million. 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.