By Rick Eymer
Palo Alto Online Sports
Stanford senior Hilary Barte will face unseeded and No. 43-ranked Dominika Cibulkova for her first match of the Bank of the West Classic, which begins Monday at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center. Barte and Cibulkova will meet on the Stadium Court, sometime after 2:30 p.m.
Barte, awarded a wild card for the event, reached the quarterfinals of the singles main draw of the ITF Norman Wilkerson Memorial Tournament in Atlanta last week, and with Stanford grad Lindsay Burdette, made the semifinals of the doubles main draw.
Burdette and Cardinal sophomore Natalie Dillon were entered in the Bank of the West qualifying tournament, which began Saturday, but both were eliminated in the first round. Incoming Stanford freshmen Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs also were in the qualifying, but Ahn fell on Saturday and Gibbs dropped a 6-4, 6-3 second-round match Sunday.
Top-seeded Samantha Stosur, currently ranked fifth in the world, will meet a qualifier in the second round of the $700,000 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event.
Second-seeded Elena Dementieva likely will have a little tougher second-round match. She'll face the winner of a match between former No. 1 Dinara Safina and Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm.
In other first-round matches, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska plays Chanelle Scheepers, fourth-seeded and defending champion Marion Bartoli meets Ashley Harkleford, fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova takes on China's Jie Zheng, No. 6 Shahar Peer faces Daniela Hantuchova, seventh-seeded Yanina Wickmayer will battle Yung-Jan Chan, and No. 8 seed Victoria Azarenka goes against Japan's Ayumi Morita.
The winner of next Sunday's championship match will take home $107,000, while the runnerup earns $56,000.
Cibulkova, a native of Slovakia, currently ranks No. 43 in the world. She has been ranked as high as No. 12. She has yet to win a WTA Tour event, but does have a pair of ITF singles titles to her credit.
Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina will compete in the featured matches on Monday night. Ivanovic meets Alisa Kleybanova, not before 7 p.m. Safina's match with Kimiko Date Krumm follows.
Sharapova and Jie play Tuesday night's featured match.
The full draw can be found at the Bank of the West Classic website.
Elsewhere, former Stanford All-American and NCAA singles champion Lilia Osterloh dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Canada's Stephanie Dubois in the semifinals of the $50,000 ITF Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships at the University of Kentucky's Boone Tennis Complex on Saturday.
Osterloh will be playing doubles only at the Bank of the West Classic. She's paired with Riza Zalameda and the duo will meet Liga Dekmeijerer and Marie-Eve Pelletier in the first round on Monday on Court 6, not before 4 p.m..
Chanelle Scheepers vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, not before 1 p.m.
Hilary Barte vs. Dominika Cibulkova, to follow
Hantuchova-Wickmayer vs. Azarenka-Kirilenko (doubles), to follow
Alisa Kleybanova vs. Ana Ivanovic, not before 7 p.m.
Kimiko Date Krumm vs. Dinara Safina, to follow
Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Olga Govortsova, not before 1 p.m.
Dekmeijere-Pelletier vs. Osterloh-Zalameda (doubles), to follow