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Venus Williams, Radwanska head BOW Classic field

 

The official player field for the Bank of the West Classic has been announced, and with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio just a few months away, this year's event will have an even greater international feel.

Headlined by seven-time Grand Slam Champion and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Venus Williams as well as current World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska this year's player field boast 13 players ranked among the top-2 in their respective countries.

Overall 13 countries are represented in the field, and of the 20 players on the WTA official acceptance list, 13 have won at least one career WTA singles title. The 2016 player field has combined to win 94 career WTA singles titles.

Tickets for this year's event, which will be held July 18-24 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University, can be purchased online at www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com or by phone at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497).

Highlighting this year's player field will be Williams and Radwanska.

Williams will be returning to Stanford for the 13th time and is looking to win her third Bank of the West Classic title having previously won in 2000 and 2002. The seven-time Grand Slam champion, and future Hall of Famer, has had tremendous success at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium reaching the final in seven of her previous 12 visits to the event.

This summer she will compete in her fourth Olympic games having won the Gold Medal in singles in 2000 as well as the Gold Medal in doubles in 2000, 2008, and 2012.

Currently ranked No. 9 in the world, Williams opened the 2016 campaign with a win at Kaohsiung marking her 49th career WTA singles title.

Radwanska, currently ranked No. 3 in the world, has been one of the hottest players on tour to start the 2016 season. She has reached the semifinals or better in five of the eight events she has entered this year including a win in Shenzhen. She advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open for the second time of her career which also marked her fourth career Grand Slam semifinal appearance.

This will mark Radwanska's seventh trip to Stanford. A finalist at the event in 2012, Radwanska reached the quarterfinals last year before falling to eventual champion Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in what many considered to be the best women's match of 2015.

The player field also includes 2013 Bank of the West Classic champion and former World No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova, World No. 18 and 2016 Australian Open semifinalist Johanna Konta, 2012 Bank of the West Classic finalist Coco Vandeweghe, Japanese No. 1 Misaki Doi and two-time NCAA singles champion at Stanford Nicole Gibbs.

Individual session tickets for the opening round start at just $34.

The Bank of the West Classic also provides fans with multiple money-saving ticket packages that start as low as $192 for Night Session Packages, $265 for Weekend Packages and $620 for Full Week Packages. Groups of 15 or more can also receive discounts of up to 20%.

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.

The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who's Who of women's tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

The Bank of the West Classic offers several different seat options with prices to fit everyone's budget so reserve your seats today. Qualifying will be held July 16-17 and is free to the public.

Log on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com for more information.

2016 Bank of the West Classic Acceptance List

(Name, Country, Rank)

Agnieszka Radwanska, POL, 3

Venus Williams, USA, 9

Johanna Konta, GBR, 18

Dominika Cibulkova, SVK, 21

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, RUS, 23

Daria Kasatkina, RUS, 31

Jelena Ostapenko, LAT, 39

Coco Vandeweghe, USA, 43

Lesia Tsurenko, UKR, 44

Timea Babos, HUN, 45

Misaki Doi, JPN, 48

Alize Cornet, FRA, 59

Kateryna Bondarenko, 64

Varvara Lepchenko, USA, 65

Nao Hibino, JPN, 69

Su-Wei Hsieh, TPE, 72

Nicole Gibbs, USA, 75

Mariana Duque-Mariño, COL, 79

Magda Linette, POL, 85

Saisai Zheng, CHN, 86

ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $753,000. Held on Stanford University's campus at Taube Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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