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Bank of West Classic field loaded with top-10 players

The official player field for the Bank of the West Classic is out and, with five top-10 players and 11 of the Top 20 entered, the 2014 acceptance list will feature an incredible field that has a combined 20 Grand Slam titles and 31 Grand Slam finals appearances.

Highlighting this year's player field will be world No. 1, two-time Bank of the West Classic champion and 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, 2012 Wimbledon finalist and world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska and defending Bank of the West Classic champion Dominika Cibulkova.

Also competing will be world No. 6 and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova along with ninth-ranked Angelique Kerber, the up-and-coming star out of Germany.

The annual tour stop will be held July 28-Aug. 3 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University.

On top of featuring five of the Top 10, the premier WTA event will display 11 of the Top 20, including No. 11 Ana Ivanovic, No. 14 Sara Errani, No. 15 Carla Suarez-Navarro, No. 17 Samantha Stosur, No. 19 Sabine Lisicki and No. 20 Andrea Petkovic, one of this year's French Open semifinalists.

Ivanovic has won 14 WTA titles in her 11-year career, including a French Open championship in 2008, while Errani has seven titles to her name as she looks to finish 2014 in the Top 10 for the third straight season.

Suarez-Navarro, who captured her first WTA title this year at Oeiras, finished her first Top-20 season last year and Sam Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, returns to Stanford for the eighth time in her career as she looks to claim her sixth WTA title and first-ever Bank of the West Classic trophy.

Lisicki revisits Stanford for the third time in her career after falling to Williams in the 2011 semifinals and Petkovic makes her first Bank of the West Classic appearance following a stellar performance at Roland Garros where she fell to Simona Halep in the semifinals of the French Open.

Cibulkova will look to defend her 2013 title and build on her young and impressive career. As a four-time champion and seven-time finalist, which includes an Australian Open loss to Radwanska earlier this year, the 25-year-old Slovakian is undoubtedly one of the premier players in women's tennis and a fierce competitor to keep an eye on.

Also returning to the Bay Area will be two-time Bank of the West Classic champion Williams, who'll be looking to reach her third Bank of the West final in the past four years. She'll also be looking to capture her 61st WTA title and continue to climb the mountain of the sport's all-time greats.

Other names to look out for at this year's tournament are Garbine Muguruza, Daniela Hantuchova and the young, rising star Caroline Garcia.

Muguruza burst onto the scene this year after capturing her first WTA title at Hobart and then upsetting Williams in the second round of the French Open, her first victory over a top-eight opponent.

Hantuchova is a former Top 5 player and has six WTA titles under her belt, including two at Indian Wells (2002, 2007), and the 20-year-old Garcia is an exciting up and coming star who is skyrocketing up the leaderboards after capturing her first WTA title at Bogota in April and breaking the Top 50 in May.

The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA 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 Emirates Airline US Open Series.

Qualifying will be held July 26-27 and is free to the public.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com or by phone at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497).

Log on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com for more information.

2014 Bank of the West Classic Acceptance List (as of June 17)

Player Name, Country, Rank

Serena Williams, USA, 1

Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland, 4

Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, 6

Angelique Kerber, Germany, 9

Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia, 10

Ana Ivanovic, Serbia, 11

Sara Errani, Italy, 14

Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, 15

Samantha Stosur, Australia, 17

Sabine Lisicki, Germany, 19

Andrea Petkovic, Germany, 20

Garbine Muguruza, Spain, 27

Shuai Zhang, China, 33

Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia, 35

Carolina Garcia, France, 46

Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, 50

Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, 51

Ajla Tomljanovic, Croatia, 52

Yanina Wickmayer, Belarus, 54

Varvara Lepchenko, USA, 57

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