The already impressive 2011 Bank of the West Classic player field is now even stronger with the addition of this year's Wimbledon quarterfinalist, Dominika Cibulkova, who has been granted a wild card into the tournament.
Cibulkova of Slovakia recently impressed the crowds at the All-England club last week by defeating world No. 1 and top seed Caroline Wozniacki en route to the quarterfinals. Cibulkova previously had faced Wozniacki in the 2010 US Open quarterfinals, and also reached the French Open semifinals in 2009.
With the return of Cibulkova to the 2011 Bank of the West Classic, the tournament field now boasts eight of the world's top 20 WTA players. Cibulkova is currently ranked No. 20.
Three of the four 2011 Wimbledon semifinalists will be playing at this year's tournament in Palo Alto, including three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, defending Bank of the West Classic champion Victoria Azarenka, and rising German star Sabine Lisicki
Additional highlights of the Bank of the West Classic player field will be 13-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams, 2011 French Open semifinalist Marion Bartoli, former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, and world No. 10 Samantha Stosur.
The 2011 Bank of the West Classic will be held at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center from July 25-31. 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.