SAN JOSÉ, CA (July 31, 2019) -- The top seeds of the 2019 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic advanced Wednesday into the quarterfinals while the three wild card runs came to an end. It was an exciting day of tennis featuring the favorites moving through -- let's get you caught up!
Top seed Elina Svitolina rolled past Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1 in just 65 minutes to book a spot in the quarters. The 2018 WTA Finals champion broke the Russian wild card four times en route to the victory, her fifth in as many career matches against Kasatkina. The World No. 7 player will see 2018 finalist in San José María Sakkari for a place in the semifinal.
Sakkari had to rally to find her way into the last eight after falling a set down to Mayo Hibi. The No. 7 seed and real-life Spartan came from behind to vanquish her Japanese opponent 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 on the tournament's Spartan Day, recognizing host San José State University.
No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka continues to lead the bottom half of the draw after ending the comeback of Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3. She moves through to face No. 6 seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinals.
Suarez Navarro needed three sets to fight off wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands. After dropping the opening set, a recomposed Suarez Navarro took advantage of an injured Mattek-Sands and ran away with the match, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Mattek-Sands did her best to fight back -- breaking the Spaniard when she was serving for the match at 5-0. The former World No. 1 in doubles would then hold to allow for a glimmer of hope, but Suarez Navarro ultimately held serve for the win.
The remaining four seeds, including 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova, will all be in action on Thursday, alongside two-time Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka.
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.
ABOUT MUBADALA: Mubadala Investment Company actively manages a worldwide portfolio supporting the vision of a globally integrated and diversified economy, through sustainable returns to its shareholder, the Government of Abu Dhabi. In March 2018, Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) joined the Group. Mubadala's US $225 billion portfolio spans five continents with interests in aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals and mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, utilities, healthcare, real estate, defense services, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, agribusiness and a global portfolio of financial holdings. Mubadala is a trusted partner, an engaged shareholder and a responsible global company that is committed to ethics and world-class standards. For more information about Mubadala, please visit: www.mubadala.com.
ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 16th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true "regular season" of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive 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 sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world's greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.
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.