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Sharapova already knows her opening-round match

Three-time Grand Slam champ will open on July 27 at 7 p.m. at Stanford

The entire field for the 2010 Bank of the West Classic has yet to be filled, but key players already are finding out when they'll be playing -- like three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. She will be the featured evening match on Tuesday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

Sharapova's opponent will not be known until the 2010 draw is announced on Saturday, July 24.

With three Grand Slam championships and 22 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles to her credit, Sharapova is one of the most popular and successful tennis players in the world. The former world No. 1, and future Hall of Famer, already has won two titles in three finals appearances this year.

The player field at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic, which will be played July 26 - August 1 at Stanford University, is once again loaded with many of the world's top players.

The tournament will host three of the top-10 ranked players in the world, 12 of the top-30 overall, and a plethora of players that have been among the last four competing at numerous Grand Slam tournaments.

In addition to Sharapova, the tournament field includes 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva, 2010 Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva, 2010 French Open finalist Samantha Stosur, 2010 Australian Open semifinalist Zheng Jie, 2009 US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer, 2008 Australian Open semifinalist Daniela Hantuchova, 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli and two-time Grand Slam semifinalist Kimiko Date Krumm.

And if that wasn't enough, the doubles draw will feature three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport playing with Liezel Huber, the world's No. 1 ranked doubles player.

The 2010 Bank of the West Classic will feature a 30-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw. The official tournament draw, and first round match-ups, will be announced on Saturday, July 24.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com. Single-session tickets for the tournament's opening round start at just $26.

Entering its 40th year the Bank of the West Classic is the longest running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Bob and Louise
a resident of University South
on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Maria,
Sorry you did not get the point that would have given you the first set against Serena Williams. That psychological jump might have made a difference, but we know she also is a determined fighter. We admire your dedication and willingness to compete in spite of having done well financially. Please keep trying to do your best. We will be coming from San Francisco to see you play.


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