Tan's Qualifying Run Ends, Barte Featured In Singles And Doubles

July 26, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- Incoming freshman Stacy Tan's impressive singles qualifying run at the 2009 Bank of the West Classic came to an end Sunday afternoon with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Yung-Jan Chan in the second round.

Two more victories in the qualifying session would have secured Tan a spot in the tournament's main draw, which gets underway on Monday afternoon. Instead, Tan gained valuable experience playing against tour professionals while getting acclimated to her future home court as she joins the Cardinal women's team in the fall.

A native of Lakewood, Calif., Tan posted the biggest upset of the qualifying round when she routed Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday afternoon. 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.

The Stanford women's tennis program will continue to be well-represented at the Bank of the West Classic, with junior Hilary Barte and senior Lindsay Burdette scheduled to compete during the first two days of the main draw.

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 duo will square off against Liga Dekmeijere (Latvia) and Julie Ditty (USA) on Monday night, following the 7 p.m. singles match between Maria Sharapova and Ai Sugiyama.

Should Barte and Burdette advance in doubles, a possible second round matchup looms against the team of Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Barte was also awarded a wildcard entry and will be featured in the main singles draw. She will face a qualifier in her opening 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 Championship in each of her first two seasons.

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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