Serena, Davenport Headline WTA Stanford Field
Posted on July 12, 2008
The 2008 running of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., could be the event's best-ever field -- if top seed Serena Williams shows up.
Williams is a regular top draw at Stanford, but has ended up withdrawing from the event in three of the last five years. Williams is coming her runner-up effort at Wimbledon where she lost to sister Venus. The pair also won the doubles at Wimbledon.
Williams and the unseeded Lindsay Davenport make two former No. 1s in the field.
Joining Williams among the seeds are No. 8-ranked Russian Anna Chakvetadze, Russian Vera Zvonareva, Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, Swiss Patty Schnyder, France's multi-injured Marion Bartoli, struggling Russian Nadia Petrova and Italian Francesca Schiavone.
Williams receives a first-round bye and opens again either Argentina's Gisela Dulko or a qualifier. Davenport's first match will be against the No. 8-seeded Schiavone, who the American has beaten in all five of their career meetings.
Other Americans in the draw include wildcard Amber Liu, August Playboy magazine feature Ashley Harkleroad, and wildcard Alexa Glatch.
Unseeded threats include India's Sania Mirza who could meet Bartoli in the second round, and Israel's Shahar Peer, who could meet Chakvetadze in the second round if she can overcome a qualifier in her opener.
Chakvetadze easily handled Mirza in last year's final.