Top-ranked junior and Bay Area native CiCi Bellis has accepted a wildcard to compete at the 2016 Bank of the West Classic, July 18-24 at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.
The player field also includes 2013 Bank of the West Classic champion and current World No. 12 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.
Bellis and Gibbs are both participating in the $50,000 Stockton Challenger being held at the University of Pacific.
Gibbs, the tournament's top seed, won her first-round match, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, over Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak on Tuesday and will meet Australia's Arina Rodionova in the second round. Rodionova downed Russian Victoria Kan, 6-4, 7-5.
Bellis is scheduled to play China's Zhaoxuan Yang on Wednesday in her first match.
Stanford grad Kristie Ahn dropped her first match in Stockton, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to Japan's Riko Sawayanagi.
Ahn and Gibbs lost their first round doubles match, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6, to USA's Sanaz Marand and Melanie Oudin.
Bellis teamed up with former NCAA singles champion Jamie Loeb in doubles, losing to Yuki Kristina Chiang and Elizaveta Ianchuk, 6-3, 7-5.
Sacred Heart Prep's Sara Choy lost in the qualifying round of the tournament, 6-2, 6-1, to Mexico's Giuliana Olmos.
Tickets for the Bank of the West Classic are on sale now with 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%.
Go to www.bankofthewestclassic.com or call (866) 982-8497 to secure your tickets today
The 17-year-old Bellis, who resides in Atherton, won the 2014 USTA Girl's 18's National title at age 15, the youngest winner of the event since Lindsay Davenport in 1991. She has won four career ITF singles titles and currently ranks 220th in World while playing a limited schedule due to age requirements.
At the 2014 US Open, she defeated then World No. 13 Cibulkova in the first round becoming the youngest player to win a US Open match since Mary Joe Fernandez in 1986. At the end of 2014 she was honored as the ITF World Champion.
This year Bellis has competed in 10 ITF cuircut events reaching the quarterfinals or better at five tournaments while winning her fourth career title in Sumpter, SC while also reaching another final in Surprise, AZ.
In addition she has played two WTA events in 2016 including the Miami Open, a WTA Premier Mandatory event, and the 125K Series event in San Antonio.
Headlined by seven-time Grand Slam Champion and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Venus Williams this year's player field boast 12 players ranked among the top-2 in their respective countries and may end up competing at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.
Overall 12 countries are represented in the field, and of the 20 players on the WTA official acceptance list, 12 have won at least one career WTA singles title. The 2016 player field has combined to win 76 career WTA singles titles.
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.