San Jose player field announced

June 19, 2018 04:57 PM
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The official WTA acceptance list for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has been announced, and with three Grand Slam champions, three former world No. 1s, four former event champions and several of the world’s top young players, this year’s event will feature the best in women’s tennis.

The event will take place July 30-Aug. 5 at San José State University. Tickets are on sale now at www.MubadalaSVC.com.

Highlighting this year’s player field will be multiple Grand Slam winners Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. Led by Williams’ Open era record 23 titles, the three superstars have combined to win 30 career Grand Slam singles titles and have each held the No. 1 world ranking during their careers.

For the first time since 2011, tennis fans will have the opportunity to see all three of these superstars compete at the same event in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The player field also includes defending champion Madison Keys, as well as last year’s doubles champion and singles finalist CoCo Vandeweghe. Keys, a finalist at the 2017 US Open, is fresh off her semifinal run at the French Open and is back in the Top 10 rankings.

The tournament’s 2016 singles champion and current world No. 22 Johanna Konta is also in the field, as is Belgian Elise Mertens, the 2018 Australian Open semifinalist, who has been one of the hottest players on tour in 2018, having already won three events this year. Mertens has seen her world ranking jump from No. 36 at the start of the year to as high as No. 15. She is currently No. 17 in the world.

Several young Americans looking to work their way up the rankings will also compete at the tournament, including Danielle Collins, Allison Riske, CiCi Bellis and Sachia Vickery.

This year’s Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic should be one of the most competitive in recent memory, with 12 players in the field having won at least one WTA singles title and the entire field combining to take home 141 career WTA singles titles.

The tournament will announce four additional wild card players in the coming weeks, along with the four tournament qualifiers to round out the 28-player singles field.

Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.

To purchase tickets go to www.MubadalaSVC.com or call 1-866-982-8497.

2018 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Player Field:

Name, Country, Ranking
Serena Williams, USA, 1 SR
Madison Keys, USA, 10
CoCo Vaneweghe, USA, 15
Elisa Mertens, BEL, 17
Johanna Konta, GBR, 22
Maria Sharapova, RUS, 36
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, RUS, 28
Zhang Shuai, CHN, 29
Mihaela Buzarnescu, ROU, 30
Maria Sakkari, GRE, 35
Timea Babos, HUN, 36
Danielle Collins, USA, 42
Kristina Mladenovic, FRA, 56
Alison Riske, USA, 61
Polona Hercog, SLO, 64
CiCi Bellis, USA, 67
Wang Qiang, CHN, 68
Ajla Tomljanovic, AUS, 72
Sachia Vickery, USA, 82
Vera Lapko, BLR, 84
Victoria Azarenka, BLR, 85 (WC)

 

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