Stephens, Collins Advance Out Of Opening Round Play

August 4, 2021 01:00 AM

SAN JOSÉ, CA (August 3, 2021) – The opening round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic wrapped up on Tuesday evening with an all-American night session which saw both Sloane Stephens and Danielle Collins advance in hard-fought matches. 

Making her first appearance in the Bay Area since 2012, Stephens won 14 of the matches’ final 16 games to win in straight sets over Catherine McNally. McNally earned back-to-back breaks and went up 4-0 to start the match before Stephens caught fire to win 6-4, 6-2. 

Meeting Stephens in second round action on Thursday will be Collins after the 2019 Australian Open semifinalist outlasted Shelby Rogers. 

In the final match of the day, Collins seized control of the match with the first set all square at 4-4. She outlasted Rogers in an 11-point game to take a 5-4 lead, ultimately cruising to a 6-4, 6-3 win. 

No. 8 seed Yulia Putintseva was the first seeded player to advance on Tuesday, earning a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Croatian Donna Vekic. 

Other winners on the day included Kristina Mladenovic, Claire Liu, and Ajla Tomljanovic. 

In doubles action, each of the day’s matches went to a super tie-break. 

The pair of Eri Hozumi and Zhang Shuai advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 3-6 [10-3] win over the reigning NCAA doubles national champions Makenna Jones and Elizabeth Scotty. The team of American Emina Bektas and Great Britain’s Tara Moore also advanced topping Peyton Stearns and Maribella Zamarripa 6-4, 1-6 [12-10]. 

The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic begins second round action on Wednesday at 11 am when No. 6 seed Petra Martic meets Poland’s Magda Linette on Stadium Court. 

The evening session features a pair of exciting matches as No. 3 seed Madison Keys faces Zhang Shuai and the American doubles pair of 16-year-old Robin Montgomery and 17-year-old Ashlyn Krueger meets the Dutch team of Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove and Rosalie van der Hoek. 

Individual session tickets are available now. 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.

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, 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. 

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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.

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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.