STANFORD, Calif.- Recent Cardinal standout Kristie Ahn dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision to CoCo Vandeweghe on Monday night in the opening round of the 2014 Bank of the West Classic at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Ahn fell into an early hole after losing the first set to Vandeweghe, ranked No. 48 in the world and the 2012 Bank of the West Classic runner-up.
Trailing 3-0 in the second set, Ahn refused to quit and ripped off three straight games. An All-American in three of her four seasons on The Farm, Ahn managed to force ties at 4-4 and 5-5 before Vandeweghe, who powered home eight aces, relied on her huge serve to help close out the match.
Ahn, who graduated in June with a degree in Science, Technology & Society, has been playing in professional tournaments over the last month. A native of Upper Saddle River, N.J., Ahn concluded her career with a 97-17 overall record and was 57-8 in duals. Named the 2014 ITA National Senior Player of the Year, Ahn provided the clinching point in Stanford’s 4-3 victory over Texas A&M to secure the 2013 NCAA championship.
Ahn, who never lost back-to-back matches during her college career and chalked up a 51-4 record at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, made a successful return to the court as a junior in 2013 after missing all but three matches in 2012 due to injury and having her freshman year cut short in the postseason.
The tournament run isn’t over yet for Ahn, who will join sophomore Carol Zhao in the doubles draw. The duo will play Tuesday (not before 2 p.m.) against Caroline Garcia and Shuai Zhang.
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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 $710,000. 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 THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Founded in 1874, $68 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers a wide 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 190,000 employees.
ABOUT THE EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 11th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won the 2013 US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s and women’s titles, each earning a record tennis paycheck of $3.6 million. Roger Federer (2007) and Kim Clijsters (2005) also accomplished the feat of winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open singles title within the same year.