STANFORD, Calif. – World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has been forced to withdraw from the 2013 Bank of the West Classic due to a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon.
"We are disappointed for our fans that Maria won’t be able to attend this year’s Bank of the West Classic, but unfortunately injuries are a part of the sport and we understand that a player’s health must always come first," said Bank of the West Classic Tournament Director Kim Hall. "We wish her a speedy recovery and hope she is able to return to the court soon."
The tournament was also notified today that Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium has also withdrawn.
With the withdrawals, former world No. 4 Daniela Hantuchova and up-and-coming American Christina McHale receive main-draw entries.
The Bank of the West Classic still boasts a strong player field including reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, current world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.
In addition, the Bank of the West Classic announced that it has granted a main-draw wild card to former Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette. Burdette, who turned professional shortly after last year’s Bank of the West Classic, reached the third round of last year’s US Open and has risen quickly up the world rankings. She is currently No. 78.
Tickets for the 2013 Bank of the West Classic, which will be held July 22-28 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University, can be purchased by calling the box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on to www.mubadalasvc.com
In addition to individual-session tickets, the Bank of the West Classic is also offering several weekend packages starting at just $255.
Full-week packages start at just $595 and include tickets to all 13 sessions, a pass to the exclusive Plaza Club and an invitation to the Meet the Players Party. Those who purchase a pair of seats will also receive a weeklong VIP parking pass.
The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, 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.
The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who's Who of women's tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
The Bank of the West Classic offers several different seat options with prices to fit everyone's budget so reserve your seats today. Qualifying will be held July 20-21 and is free to the public.
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Emirates Airline 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 $795,000. Held on Stanford University’s campus at Taube Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.