BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC
Stanford, Calif., USA; Surface: hard
Seeds: Venus Williams, Dominika Cibulkova, Johanna Konta, Coco Vandeweghe, Misaki Doi, Jelena Ostapenko, Alize Cornet, Varvara Lepchenko
Floaters: Alison Riske
Notes: Venus the lone Top 10 player ahead of the No. 12 Cibulkova…(8) Lepchenko a tough start against Riske…Wildcards went to Americans Catherine Bellis, Julia Boserup, Maria Mateas, and Canada’s Carol Zhao…Qualifying to the main draw were Romanian Ana Bogdan, Bulgarian Elitsa Kostova, and Americans Asia Muhammad and Sachia Vickery…Withdrawing from the event was Timea Babos, Mariana Duque Marino, Hsieh Su-wei, Daria Kasatkina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Lesia Tsurenko…Angelique Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in last year’s final…Cibulkova (2013) and Venus Williams (2002,’00) are former champs in the field.
Bastad, Sweden; Surface: clay
Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Sara Errani, Kiki Bertens, Annika Beck, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Laura Siegemund, Yaroslava Shvedova, Johanna Larsson
Floaters: Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Mona Barthel
Notes: The world No. 2 Kerber heads the field…(3) Bertens a tester to open against Mattek-Sands…Wildcards went to Russian Russia Elizaveta Kulichkova and Swedes Susanne Celik, Cornelia Lister and Rebecca Peterson…Pulling out of the tournament were Anna-Lena Friedsam, Caroline Garcia and Pauline Parmentier…Larsson beat Barthel in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Larsson (2015), Barthel (2014), and Polona Hercog (2012-11).
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