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Venus Williams joins her sister in the Bank of the West Classic

For the 12th time in her 20-year career, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has entered to play in the Bank of the West Classic. The 34-year-old American boasts 45 career WTA titles under her belt, most recently winning at Dubai in February earlier this year.

Venus joins her sister, world No. 1 and 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, No. 4-ranked and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieska Radwanska, No. 6 and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, No. 7 Angelique Kerber along with defending Bank of the West Classic champion, Australian Open finalist and No. 10-ranked Dominika Cibulkova in a Grand Slam-quality player field.

The tournament once again will be held at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center, from July 28-Aug. 3.

Williams will be returning to Stanford looking to claim her third Bank of the West Classic singles trophy. Incredibly, Venus has reached the final of this tournament seven times, including her last four attempts. She defeated top-seeded Lindsay Davenport in 2000 and Kim Clijsters in 2002 to claim her two Bank of the West Classic titles.

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 Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, returns to Stanford for the eighth time in her career as she looks to claim her 6th WTA title and first-ever Bank of the West Classic trophy.

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

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.

Tickets for this year's event can be purchased online at www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com or by phone at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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