Liu, Osterloh Highlight Monday's Bank of the West Classic Slate
July 22, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Two of the greatest players in Stanford women's tennis history, Amber Liu and Lilia Osterloh, will return to the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Monday, July 23, to play their opening round matches at the 2007 Bank of the West Classic starting at 7 p.m.
Liu, a two-time NCAA singles champion and playing in her second Bank of the West Classic, will face Greece's Eleni Daniilidou with the winner playing top-seeded Anna Chakvetdaze.
Osterloh will take on Jill Craybas in a match-up of former NCAA singles champions. Osterloh captured the NCAA title as a freshman in 1997 while Craybas won the 1996 NCAA championship as a senior at Florida.
The day session will feature China's 21-year-old Shuai Peng against 24-year-old Russian Elena Bovina. Bovina, who has won three career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles, was ranked as high as No. 14 in the world in 2005 but has struggled with injuries over the last two seasons and is playing in just her fourth event of 2007.
The Bank of the West Classic, the longest-running women only professional tennis tournament in the world, will feature one of its strongest fields since 2002 with 17 of the top 50 ranked players in the world scheduled to attend including five ranked among the top 18.
The 2007 Bank of the West Classic should be one of the most competitive in recent memory as this year's field has combined to win 52 career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles.
The Bank of the West Classic, a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour 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 US Open Series.
Tickets to the Bank of the West Classic can be purchased by calling the Tournament box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com. Tickets for the tournament's opening round start at just $18. Full series box seat packages, which include tickets to all 13 sessions, are also available and start at only $550.
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: In its 37th year, the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world became The Bank of the West Classic in 1992 and is the first stop of the US Open Series. A Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier II event, the Bank of the West Classic features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $600,000. 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.
ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST: Founded in 1874, $55.6 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com) offers a full range of business, corporate, personal, trust and international banking services and currently operates more than 700 branch locations and commercial banking offices in 19 Western and Midwestern states.