Serbian Ana Ivanovic returns to Poland's Agnieszka Radwandska at the China Open Tennis tournament in Beijing, China 07 October 2011. Ivanovic ceded the match to Radwandska after retiring due to injury. EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW |
The dates for the 2012 Bank of the West Classic are now set. The oldest women’s-only professional tennis event in the world will be held July 9-15 at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.
The 2012 Bank of the West Classic will mark the 42nd edition of the tournament which was first held in San Francisco in 1971.
The tournament’s storied history has included many of the sport’s greatest players holding the championship trophy including Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams.
In 2011 Serena Williams defeated Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-1 to claim her first Bank of the West Classic singles title.
The Bank of the West Classic, a WTA Premier 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 Olympus US Open Series.
Jerzy Janowicz withdrew from the Hopman Cup with a foot injury and will be replaced by No. 287 Grzegorz Panfil. . . Adidas will outfit Andy Murray in the semi-fitted Barricade top for the Australian Open. . .
Australian Samantha Stosur is pinning a lot of hopes on her new coach Miles Maclagan, who was once at the sides of Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis and Laura Robson. Maclagan and Robson split after the end of the season, and Stosur ended her long-term deal with David Taylor shortly after the US Open.
The ITF announced today that Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia are the 2013 ITF World Champions. Williams is named Women’s World Champion for the fourth time, while this is the third successive year that Djokovic has received the honor.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz will miss the Hopman Cup next week with a foot injury sustained during the closed season, with Poland's chances at the eight-nation team competition now rapidly diminished as a result of his absence.