STANFORD, Calif. (www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com) - The 2012
Bank of the West Classic qualifying singles draw was
announced Friday evening, featuring a 16-player field with
competition scheduled over the next two days.
Four qualifiers will advance into the main draw, which gets
underway Monday morning.
The qualifying draw includes eight seeded players: No. 1
Sesil Karatantcheva, No. 2 Coco Vandeweghe, No. 3 Erika
Sema, No. 4 Alexa Glatch, No. 5 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn,
No. 6 Yung-Jan Chan, No. 7 Grace Min and No. 8 Saisai
Three of the five wildcard entrants in the draw are
collegiate players hailing from the Bay Area, led by 2011
NCAA singles champion Jana Juricova of California.
Juricova, who recently completed her Golden Bear career,
earned All-America accolades in each of her four seasons.
Juricova will square off against Chan in her first-round
match, which is scheduled to be the fourth contest of the
day on court six.
Stanford is also well-represented in the qualifying draw,
with junior Kristie Ahn and sophomore Ellen Tsay earning
An All-American in singles and ITA National Rookie of the
Year in 2010, Ahn competed in only three matches last year
while missing almost the entire season due to injuries.
Tsay finished 24-8 overall and 17-4 in duals in her rookie
year, playing mainly at the No. 4 spot of the lineup. Tsay
will battle Lertcheewakarn at 11 a.m. to open the day
inside the stadium, followed immediately by Ahn's contest
The 2012 Bank of the West Classic will be held from July
9-15 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
to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com. Individual session tickets
to the tournament's opening round start at $26.
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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