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.
Just a week ago the ATP World Tour’s new executive chairman Chris Kermode made his first speech to the players, directors and other leading officials of men’s tennis. Now he is demanding the Australian Open provide clearer guidance about when severe heat will stop play at Melbourne Park.
The Australian Open "courtsiding" case has taken a new twist, with the British man accused of passing along running results of live matches being offered a full defense by his outraged London employer. Daniel Dobson, 22, is fully backed by Sporting Data Ltd, with the three-man firm correctly pointing out that their representative was doing exactly what chair umpires all over the world do on a daily basis.
The San Diego Aviators will make their debut this summer after local businessman Russell Geyser bought the New York franchise and relocated the professional tennis team. The Aviators will begin their inaugural season in July.
On the other hand, this opens a big opportunity for Murray and for David Ferrer. Juan Martin del Potro seemed to be rather dazed by the end -- perhaps the heat got to him; he's a very big guy, after all -- and Roberto Bautista Agut played very good tennis, and it ended with del Potro the first of the top ten seeds to fall.
By contrast to Azarenka, Sharapova spent three and a half hours feeling the full burden of the heat; it's a good thing she has a day off! Karin Knapp managed to add a few points but will fall at least one ranking spot, from #44 to #45.