Stanford: July 14-20

July 13, 2008 05:50 PM
The top-four seeds for the 2008 Bank of the West Classic Draw at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University are: Serena Williams (1), Anna Chakvetadze (2), Vera Zvonareva (3), and Daniela Hantuchova (4). Each received a first-round bye.

“It is a nice atmosphere,” said the fifth-seeded Schnyder. “The crowd supports many different players and over the years I have had my fans here as well, so it makes me want to come back every year. With all of the helpers and volunteers, the tournament is really well-organized. Many of the players say they like to come here and start the US Open Series.”

Highlighting first-round play will be the match-up between former No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport and the eighth-seeded Francesca Schiavone.

The bottom-quarter of the draw features the 2007 defending singles champion Anna Chakvetadze, defending doubles champions Sania Mirza and Shahar Peer, and the sixth-seed, Marion Bartoli.

The Bank of the West Classic will serve as an Olympic preview as a total of 23 players currently scheduled to play will compete for the Gold medal later this summer at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Of the group, 16 were announced as part of the Bank of the West Classic main singles draw.

Additionally, the tournament main draw features 15 players who are currently ranked No. 1 in their respective countries.

Former Stanford University singles champion Amber Liu returns to the tournament after receiving a wildcard. Liu, a two-time NCAA singles champion, will be playing Schnyder.

A Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event, the Bank of the West Classic 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 Olympus US Open Series.

The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who’s Who of women’s tennis including Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Anna Chakvetadze.