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Bank Of The West Classic Primer
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 07/19/2013
STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford women's tennis program will be well-represented this weekend when the 2013 Bank of the West Classic gets underway at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The qualifying round begins on Saturday, July 20, and main draw competition starts Monday, July 22.

Senior Kristie Ahn, sophomore Krista Hardebeck and recently-graduated Stacey Tan have earned wild card spots in the qualifying draw. Ahn battles Abigail Spears in the first match inside the stadium at 10 a.m., followed by Hardebeck taking on Petra Rampre. Tan faces No. 8 seed Sachie Ishizu in the second match scheduled for court six.

Ahn is coming off an impressive season in which she earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles. Earning a final No. 19 national singles ranking, Ahn finished 30-7 overall and 22-3 in duals, playing the majority of her matches at the No. 2 spot (17-3). She provided the clinching point in three matches, most notably Stanford's 4-3 victory over Texas A&M in the national championship. Ahn made a successful return to the court after missing all but three matches in 2012 due to injury and having her freshman year cut short in the postseason.

An All-American in singles, Hardebeck was named the ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year and tabbed an All-Pac-12 Second Team selection. Receiving a final No. 14 national singles ranking, Hardebeck compiled a team-best 36-13 overall record and was 16-8 in duals, playing mainly at the No. 3 spot. Hardebeck provided the clinching point in six matches, most notably Stanford's 4-3 upset of No. 1 Florida in the semifinals when she rallied for a three-set win after losing the first frame and trailing 5-1 in the second set.

Tan was a member of two NCAA championship teams during her tenure on The Farm, also playing a key role in leading Stanford to the 2010 national title. An All-American during her sophomore season, Tan nearly completed an improbable singles run at the 2011 NCAA Singles Championship when she became only the 10th unseeded player to appear in the final.

Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs will compete in the main draw, with Burdette earning a spot due to her top-80 WTA ranking while Gibbs was awarded a wild card. Burdette has drawn 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone while Gibbs is matched up against Kiki Bertens. Match dates and times have yet to be determined.

Burdette, who turned pro last fall and decided to forego her senior year, will be making her second straight appearance at the Bank of the West Classic. An All-American during her final two seasons, Burdette posted a 104-22 overall record (60-8 in dual play) in three seasons at Stanford and helped lead the Cardinal to the 2010 NCAA title. Burdette’s pro career is off to a fast start, ranked No. 78 in the world while capturing a pair of titles last summer (Evansville Hospital Tennis Classic, Vancouver Open).

An All-American in singles during each of her three seasons, Gibbs collected her fourth career singles title when she became the NCAA's first repeat champion back in May. The first player to capture NCAA team and singles titles in the same year since Duke's Mallory Cecil in 2009, Gibbs wrapped up her career with a 111-15 overall record (65-6 in dual play). After winning this year’s NCAA title, Gibbs decided to forego her senior season and turn pro. The decision has already paid off, with Gibbs capturing the Yakima Regional Challenger Title ($50K ITF) last weekend.

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 $795,000. 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.

ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST: Founded in 1874, $62 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a full range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees.

ABOUT IMG: IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in China, Brazil and India; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academies; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. More information is available at www.imgworld.com.


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