Bank of West Classic openers set for Williams, Wozniacki


The Bank of the West Classic has announced that Serena Williams will begin defense of her singles title at on Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m., while former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki will make her Stanford debut on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m.

The potential opponents for both players will be known following the official draw ceremony on Friday, July 31.

The world's longest-running women-only tennis tournament runs Aug. 3-9 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Williams, a three-time Bank of the West Classic singles champion, has been dominant in 2015 while winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon singles titles. She is attempting to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to complete the calendar Grand Slam. Williams has 21 career Grand Slam singles titles to her credit and trails only Graf (22) for the most by a woman in Open Era.

Wozniacki, winner of 23 career WTA singles titles, will be making her first Bank of the West Classic appearance. The former world No. 1 has reached the quarterfinals or better at seven events this year, including a victory in Kuala Lumpur, and is currently ranked No. 5 in the world.

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.

Qualifying will be held August 1-2 and is free to the public.

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