STANFORD, Calif. (www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com) – Fifteen-year-old Michelle Larcher de Brito continued her impressive performance with a straight set, 7-5, 7-6 victory over Gisela Dulko Tuesday afternoon at the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.
Samantha Stosur, Alexsandra Wozniak and Anne Keothavong were among the other qualifiers to advance to the second round of play. Stosur cruised past Anastasia Rodionova, 6-3, 6-1, while the Canadian No.1 Wozniak, regained her form after dropping the opening set to clinch the match, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Keothavong highlighted the nightcap with an upset victory of fan favorite Sania Mirza in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1, while Dominika Cibulkova opened the day with an upset of her own, outlasting the seventh-seed Nadia Petrova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Stadium Court.
The fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder kicked off the evening session with a dominating win over former Stanford standout and four-time All-American Amber Liu 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles action, the duo of Ayumi Morita and Ai Sugiyama continued its preparation for the Olympic Games later this summer in Beijing, China, with a three-set, 4-6, 6-2, (10-8) win over the third-seeded pairing of Gisela Dulko and Shahar Peer.
Earlier in the day, Alisa Kleybanova and Monica Niculescu downed the Olympic Belarusian team of Olga Govortsova and Darya Kustova 6-4, 6-2. Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded Tatiana Poutchek and Anastasia Rodionova survived their first round match with a straight- setter, 6-4, 6-3, over Daniela Hantuchova and Nadia Petrova.
Larcher de Brito’s win sets up a battle against the eight-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams Wednesday night on Stadium Court. Day session action will feature defending champion and second-seed Anna Chakvetadze against two-time defending doubles winner Shahar Peer, while fourth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova will square-off against Sugiyama.
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The Bank of the West Classic, a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event, will be played July 14-20 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University and 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.
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: 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 US Open Series. A Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier II event, the Bank of the West Classic features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $600,000. Held on Stanford University’s campus at the 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. The Bank of the West Classic is owned and operated by IMG.
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MAIN DRAW SINGLES AGATE (7/15/08)
Singles – First Round
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Anastasia Rodionova (RUS) 6-3, 6-1
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 7-5, 6-0
Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 7-5, 7-6 (1)
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Amber Liu (USA) 6-1, 6-1
Sania Mirza (IND) v. Anne Keothavong (GBR) 7-6, 6-1
MAIN DRAW DOUBLES AGATE (7/15/08)
Doubles – First Round
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)/Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR)/Darya Kustova (BLR) 6-4, 6-2
Tatiana Poutchek (BLR)/Anastasia Rodionova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)/Nadia Petrova (RUS) 6-4, 6-3
Ayumi Morita (JPN)/Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG)/Shahar Peer (ISR) 4-6, 6-2, (10-8)
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