Barte Falls In Main Draw Singles Match Against Melanie Oudin

July 28, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford junior Hilary Barte dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Melanie Oudin on Tuesday night in a main draw singles match at the 2009 Bank of the West Classic.

Earning a wildcard entry into the main draw for the first time in her career, Barte couldn't pull off the upset despite a pro- Stanford crowd. Although Barte drew a qualifier in her first round match, her opponent represented an extremely tough assignment: 17-year old American Melanie Oudin, who 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.

Despite the loss, Barte gained valuable experience playing a main draw doubles match with teammate Lindsay Burdette on Monday night and facing off against one of the tour's up-and-coming stars in Oudin on Tuesday night.

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 Championship in each of her first two seasons.

Meanwhile, two former Stanford standouts were also eliminated on Tuesday. After winning three consecutive matches to emerge from the qualifying draw, 1997 NCAA singles champion Lilia Osterloh suffered a 6-2, 6-3 setback against Sabine Lisicki in her main draw match.

On the doubles side, two-time NCAA singles champion and two-time All-American Laura Granville also was a dealt a loss. Granville and partner Carly Gullickson dropped a 5-7, 6-3, 10-5 decision to the fourth-seeded team of Sorana Cirstea and Maria Kirilenko.

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.

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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