Stacey Tan Notches Qualifying Upset At Bank Of The West Classic
July 26, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.- Incoming freshman Stacey Tan provided the biggest upset on the opening day of singles qualifying competition at the 2009 Bank of the West Classic on Saturday, inching one step closer to a spot in Monday's main draw.
A native of Lakewood, Calif., Tan looked extremely sharp during a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Nicole Vaidisova. Tan, a four-year letterwinner from Lakewood High School who has been ranked in the top-five among Southern California junior 18 players, surrendered only three games to Vaidisova, a tour veteran who has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the world during her career.Tan now battles Yung-Jan Chan on Sunday at approximately 12 p.m. She needs two more victories to earn a berth in the main singles draw.
The main draw already has a Stanford feel, with junior Hilary Barte also featured in the field of 32 as a wildcard. Barte will play a qualifier in her first round match.
A two-time All-American in both singles and doubles, Barte has been Stanford's top player during her first two seasons while compiling a career singles record of 65-14 (overall) and 44-5 (dual). Barte was named the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming Stanford's first selection since 2002 and 14th in school history. In her first collegiate season, Barte was tabbed the ITA National Rookie of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She has competed in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship in each of her first two seasons, earning a runner-up finish in doubles with teammate Lindsay Burdette in this year's championship match.
This year's qualifying singles field features 32 players, with eight seeded participants and four wildcards. In fact, last year's qualifying draw produced the eventual tournament champion, with Aleksandra Wozniak capturing her first career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title.