Liu and Yelsey Team Up In Tonight's Bank of the West Classic Slate

July 25, 2007

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STANFORD, Calif.- Former Stanford standouts Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey will partner up as a wild card doubles team when first round competition continues in Wednesday's night session at the 2007 Bank of the West Classic held at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Liu and Yelsey will square off against Katarina Srebotnik (Slovakia) and Ai Sugiyama (Japan) in the night session (beginning not before 7 p.m.), following the evening's featured singles match between former Stanford All-American Lilia Osterloh (USA) and second-seeded Marion Bartoli (FRA).

Liu and Yelsey will be challenged by Srebotnik and Sugiyama, who have combined to capture 48 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles. The home crowd should benefit Liu and Yelsey, who each won three NCAA Championships during their four years on The Farm.

A two-time NCAA Singles Champion, Liu was a four-time All-American and named the ITA National Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004. She is making her second appearance at the Bank of the West Classic.

Yelsey is coming off an impressive senior campaign for the Cardinal. A three-time All-American and two-time All-Pac-10 selection during her career, she joined Alice Barnes as the 2006 ITA National Doubles Team of the Year.

Liu and Yelsey posted a runner-up finish in the 2005 NCAA Doubles Championship, falling to teammates Barnes and Erin Burdette in the title match.

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.

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