Stanford, CA (www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com) - The Wimbledon
Quarterfinalists were decided today and four of the eight
players remaining are set to play at the 2012 Bank of the
West Classic, including Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki,
Angelique Kerber, and Tamira Paszek.
Lisicki advanced to the quarterfinals at the All England
Club for the third time in her career, defeating world No.
1 Maria Sharapova in straight sets. In a rematch of
last year's Wimbledon semi-final, Lisicki's strong serve
overpowered the reigning French Open champion Sharapova for
a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Having lost all three previous
matchups with the 2004 Wimbledon Champion, the 15th-seed
Lisicki is looking to win her first Grand Slam singles
title. She will face fellow German Angelique Kerber
on Center Court tomorrow Tuesday, July 3rd.
Kerber, also scheduled to play at the 2012 Bank of the West
Classic, reached the quarterfinals after a dominating
performance against former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters.
The 8th seeded Kerber didn't waste any time in the match,
defeating the four time Grand Slam champion Clijsters 6-1,
6-1 to earn a tour leading 44 wins this year.
The Lisicki/Kerber match guarantees that the Bank of the
West Classic will have at least one Wimbledon
semi-finalist. The winner of Lisicki/Kerber will move
on to face either Agnieszka Radwanska or Maria Kirilenko.
In the bottom half of the draw, 13-time Grand Slam champion
and 2011 Bank of the West Classic champion Serena Williams
advanced after defeating wildcard Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1,
2-6, 7-5. Williams, a four time Wimbledon champion,
will move on to face the defending Wimbledon champion Petra
Rounding out the draw is surprise quarterfinalist Tamira
Paszek. Paszek advanced to her second consecutive
Wimbledon quarterfinal after beating 21st seed Roberta
Vinci 6-2, 6-2 in just 63 minutes. Earning her third
career singles title just a few weeks ago at Eastbourne,
the Austrian Paszek is the only unseeded player still
remaining at the All England Club. She will face
former world No. 1 and the tournament's No. 2 seed Victoria
Azarenka in Tuesday's semi-finals.
The 2012 Bank of the West Classic will be held from July
9th- 15th at the Taube Family Tennis Center at Stanford
University. Tickets can be purchased by calling the
box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on
Individual session tickets to the tournament's opening
round start at $26.
The Bank of the West Classic, a premier WTA event, is now
in its 42nd year and 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.
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: The Bank of the West
Classic is one of the oldest women-only professional tennis
tournaments in the world and is the first stop of the
Emirates Airline US Open Series. A WTA Premier event, the
Bank of the West Classic features a 28-player singles draw
and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of
$740,000. Held on Stanford University's campus at the Taube
Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include:
Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea
Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and
Venus Williams. The Bank of the West Classic is owned and
operated by IMG.
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member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a wide range
of personal, commercial, wealth management and
international banking services. The bank operates more than
700 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
nearly 200,000 employees.
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