The opening day of qualifying competition at the 2016 Bank of the West Classic featured two players with Stanford ties competing on stadium court in a familiar setting at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
First to play was rising sophomore Melissa Lord, who dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision to Olga Govortsova. Lord posted a 25-12 overall record for the national champion Cardinal, going 16-7 in dual matches.
Arguably Stanford's hottest player down the stretch, Lord won 10 of her final 11 matches, and was the only player to win all six of her NCAA contests. Lord, who provided the clinching point three times in 2016, also posted a 9-6 record against conference opponents.
Fellow sophomore Carolina Lampl followed Lord on stadium court, dropping a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Asia Muhammad. Lampl enjoyed a terrific rookie season, leading the Cardinal in overall victories (30-5) and winning 13 of her 14 matches at the No. 5 position of the lineup.
Lampl finished 21-2 in duals, representing the highest dual win total by a Cardinal freshman since Nicole Gibbs went 27-0 in 2011. Lampl, who clinched a team-best seven matches in 2016, won five NCAA Tournament matches and finished 11-4 in three-setters, earning a reputation as the Cardinal's most clutch player.
In other qualifying matches, Romania's Ana Bogdan downed USC grad Maria Sanchez, 6-1, 6-2; Yuliya Beygelzimer beat fellow Ukrainian Olga Savchuk, 6-4, 6-1; American Taylor Townsend topped Australia's Arina Rodionova (Australia), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; and USA's Sacha Vickery downed Yifan Xu of China, 6-3, 6-2.
On Monday night, former Stanford standouts Nicole Gibbs and Carol Zhao will face off in the first round of the main draw, with the winner facing fourth-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe.
Julia Glushko (Israel) vs. Asia Muhammed (USA)
Taylor Townsend (USA) vs. Sacha Vickery (USA)
Ana Bogdan (Romania) vs. Yuliya Beygelzimer (Ukraine)
Elisha Kostova (Bulgaria) vs. Olga Govortsova (Belarus)
Winners advance into the main draw