The Wimbledon Championships came to an end this past weekend and concluded a successful two weeks for players entered in the 2011 Bank of the West Classic.
World No. 5-ranked Maria Sharapova advanced to her first Wimbledon final since her 2004 title, eventually falling to Czech champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-4. Sharapova is back to playing with the same impressive form that has led her to three Grand Slam titles.
In addition to Sharapova, two other Bank of the West Classic players to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals included world No. 4 Victoria Azarenka and rising German star Sabine Lisicki. This was the first Wimbledon semifinal for Azarenka, who fell to eventual champion Kvitova. Lisicki defeated world No. 9 Marion Bartoli in the quarterfinals and French Open champion Li Na en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal.
Lisicki continued on with Australian Samantha Stosur to reach the Ladies Doubles finals, where the duo was defeated by Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, 6-3, 6-1.
Thirteen-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams played through to the fourth round at the All-England Club, her second tournament after nearly a year off from tennis.
Azarenka, Lisicki, Bartoli, Stosur, and Williams will join Sharapova at this year's Bank of the West Classic, with Azarenka arriving to defend her 2010 title.
The 2011 Bank of the West Classic will be held from July 25-31 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center. 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.
The Bank of the West Classic, a WTA Premier event, is now in its 41st year 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.