Barte And Burdette Fall In Bank Of The West Classic Doubles

July 27, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford's top doubles team of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette dropped a 6-4, 7-6 (5) decision to Liga Dekmeijere and Julie Ditty on Monday night in a main draw doubles match at the 2009 Bank of the West Classic.

Barte and Burdette earned a wildcard entry into the 16-team main draw, which got underway earlier Monday evening with the duo of Serena Williams and Venus Williams posting a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the day's only other doubles match.

Knotted at 4-4 in the first set, Dekmeijere and Ditty won consecutive games to finish off a 6-4 victory.

Trailing 4-3 and 5-4 in the second set, Barte and Burdette stormed back to briefly take a 6-5 lead. But Dekmeijere and Ditty responded to tie the set at 6-6 before prevailing 7-5 in the tiebreaker.

Stanford's No. 1 doubles team, Barte and Burdette finished 27-8 overall this year while earning a runner-up finish at the NCAA Doubles Championship. Barte is a two-time All-American in both singles and doubles and Burdette is a three-time All-American in doubles.

The Stanford women's tennis program remains well-represented in this year's Bank of the West Classic, as Barte has also been awarded a wildcard entry in singles and will be featured in the main draw. Barte will square off against 17-year old American Melanie Oudin on Tuesday night following the 7 p.m. match between Serena Williams and Na Li. Oudin made headlines earlier this summer when she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon thanks to a 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2 upset of then-No. 6 Jelena Jankovic.

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 Championship in each of her first two seasons.

Also scheduled to compete on Tuesday is former Cardinal standout and 1997 NCAA singles champion Lilia Osterloh. After emerging from the weekend qualifying draw with three consecutive wins, Osterloh now faces Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the final singles match of the day session.

Meanwhile on the doubles side, two-time NCAA singles champion and two-time All-American Laura Granville teams up with Carly Gullickson and will oppose Sorana Cirstea and Maria Kirilenko in the final doubles match of the day session.

Incoming freshman Stacey Tan enjoyed an impressive run during the singles qualifying session, upsetting former top-10 player Nicole Vaidisova 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round before suffering a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Yung-Jan Chan in the second round.

Tickets for the 2009 Bank of the West Classic can be purchased by calling the box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com.

Single-session tickets for the tournament's opening round start at just $23.

Full-week packages, which include tickets to all 13 sessions, start at only $530. Those who purchase a box of four full week packages will also receive four passes to the exclusive VIP Plaza Club, four invitations to the Meet the Players Party, two VIP parking passes and an autographed poster.

The Bank of the West Classic is also offering several weekend packages starting at $230.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or log on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com.

Bank of the West Classic:
The 39th edition of the Bank of the West Classic will take place from July 27th - August 2nd, at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, Stanford University. 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 Olympus US Open Series. A Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier II event, the Bank of the West Classic is a well-established Bay Area event and features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $700,000. 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 and Venus Williams. Serving up the best in women's tennis, exceptional television coverage and with 33,000 expected to be in attendance throughout the week, the Bank of the West Classic is sure to provide world class entertainment for all ages.

Bank of the West:
One of the nation's 25 largest banks, Bank of the West was founded in San Jose 135 years ago. Bank of the West continues to be a strong participant in the local community, the kind of bank that provides great products and service while sponsoring great tennis. Based in San Francisco, Bank of the West is a full-service commercial bank with over $66 billion in assets and more than 700 banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West originates commercial, small business and consumer loans and leases, offering a wide range of individual and other commercial banking, insurance, trust and investment products. Corporate parent BNP Paribas is rated by Standard & Poor's as one of the six strongest banks in the world. More information is available at www.bankofthewest.com.

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