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Bank of the West Classic
Six of the World's Top Ten Players to Play this Year
6/27/2002 - Lara Potter
STANFORD, Calif. – Six of the world’s top 10 players, including No. 1 ranked Venus Williams, two-time Bank of the West Classic champions Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport, defending champion Kim Clijsters, 2002 German Open champion Justine Henin, and 2002 Sarasota Open and Birmingham Open champion Jelena Dokic, will be playing at the 2002 Bank of the West Classic, July 22-28, at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, on the Stanford University campus.

Five players, who are scheduled to compete at the Bank of the West Classic, are still in the running for tennis’ most coveted title, the Wimbledon Championship. Those players to watch include Venus Williams, Monica Seles, Justine Henin, Jelena Dokic, and Tamarine Tanasugarn.

The Bank of the West Classic is a Sanex WTA Tour Tier II event, featuring a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. Total prize money for the event is $585,000.

Williams, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, has captured the last two Wimbledon trophies, and is expected to once again play in the finals. She has blazed into the third round without any trouble and is now scheduled to face Maureen Drake on Saturday, June 29 at Wimbledon. She owns 25 career Sanex WTA Tour singles titles, including four Grand Slam titles (2000 and 2001 U.S. Open, 2000 and 2001 Wimbledon) and an Olympic gold medal. At the French Open this year, she made it to the finals before losing to her sister Serena. In addition to her success as a singles player, Williams has won eight career Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles, including four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal, with her sister Serena. In addition, Venus won the 2000 Bank of the West Classic.

Seles, currently ranked No. 4, is in the hunt for her first Wimbledon title. She is currently in the third round of competition and is scheduled to compete against Ai Sugiyama on Saturday, June 29. She already owns 52 singles titles, including nine Grand Slam championships. Two of those titles came from wins at the Bank of the West Classic in 1990 and 1992. Previously she has held the No. 1 ranking for 178 weeks and has earned more than $13.5 million in career prize money.

Clijsters, currently ranked No. 5, has won seven career Sanex WTA Tour singles titles and defeated compatriot Justine Henin to make it to the semifinals at this year’s Australian Open. The 18-year-old Belgian has earned more than $1.8 million in career prize money and is the reining Bank of the West Classic Champion. Clijsters became a second round upset victim at Wimbledon this year in a surprise encounter with Elena Likhovtseva.

Henin, currently ranked No. 6, was a finalist at Wimbledon last year. She is currently in the third round of competition at Wimbledon and is scheduled to compete against Myriam Casanova on Saturday, June 29. Henin is definitely a player to watch at this years Bank of the West Classic, as she and compatriot Clijsters bring a dominating Belgium force to Northern California. She has captured five Sanex WTA Tour singles titles since turning pro in 1999. In 2002, she has won the German Open, made it to three finals (Gold Coast, Antwerp, and Amelia Island) and was a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open.

Dokic, currently ranked No. 7, has once again made it into the fourth round at Wimbledon by defeating Nathalie Dechy. Her best showing at Wimbledon came in 2000, when she made it to the semifinals before losing to Davenport. Since turning pro in 1998, she has captured five Sanex WTA Tour singles titles, including this year at the Sarasota Open, where she won both the singles and doubles title, and the singles title at the Birmingham Open. She has also reached the finals at Paris and Strasbourg and the quarterfinals at the French Open. She is now set to compete against Daniela Hantuchova in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday, July 1.

Davenport, currently ranked No. 8, holds 37 career Sanex WTA Tour singles titles, including three Grand Slam crowns (1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open) and an Olympic gold medal. She has earned more than $14 million in career prize money and has spent a total of 37 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world. The 25-year-old Southern California native also holds 31 career Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles. Davenport won the Bank of the West Classic in 1998 and 1999. Since January, Davenport has been sidelined due to a right-knee injury that was aggravated during the 2001 season ending championships. Her first tournament back on tour is scheduled to be the Bank of the West Classic.

Tanasugarn, currently ranked No. 24, has made it into the fourth round at Wimbledon the last four years in a row, but to do it again this year, she is going to have to first get past Meilen Tu on Saturday, June 29. In addition to holding three Sanex WTA doubles titles, she was a member of the Thai Olympic team in 1996 and 2000, and a member of the Thai Fed Cup team in 2000.

Other top 25 players scheduled to play at the Bank of the West Classic include No. 16 Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States, No. 17 Anna Smashnova of Israel, No. 21 Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic, No. 23 Tatiana Panova of Russia, and No. 24 Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand.

Rounding out the field are Americans Lisa Raymond, Alexandra Stevenson, and Chanda Rubin; Rita Grande and Francesca Schiavone of Italy; Emmanuelle Gagliardi and Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian of Switzerland; Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic; Ai Sugiyama of Japan; Nicole Pratt of Australia; and Janette Husarova of Slovakia. Four positions will be filled by qualifiers and three with wild card selections.

One of the three wild card entries has been awarded to Anna Kournikova, who has already this year made it to the semifinals at Auckland, Tokyo, and Acapulco. The other two wild cards will be announced prior to the draw ceremony, to be held on Saturday, July 20.

Now celebrating its 32nd year, the Bank of the West Classic, is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. The Taube Family Tennis Stadium has hosted the event since 1997. Before then, the tournament was held at the Oakland Coliseum Arena and the San Francisco Civic Auditorium. Last year, more than 45,000 fans embraced this summer classic. Previous winners include Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Martina Navratilova, Zina Garrison, Chris Evert, and Hana Mandlikova.

2002 - Player field
Scheduled to appear
• Venus Williams - 1
• Lindsay Davenport - 6
• Kim Clijsters - 5
• Monica Seles - 4
• Justine Henin - 7

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Player Acceptance List
Stanford, USA - Week of July 22, 2002
Entry Player
1 Venus Williams--top seed, 2000 Champ
2 Lindsay Davenport--4 Times in a row in the finals
3 Monica Seles
4 Kim Clijsters--defending Champ
5 Justine Henin
6 Jelena Dokic
7 Meghann Shaughnessy--Last year's upsetter
8 Tamarine Tanasugarn
9 Tatiana Panova
10 Anna Smashnova
11 Lisa Raymond
12 Alexandra Stevenson
13 Daja Bedanova
14 Ai Sugiyama
15 Chanda Rubin
16 Rita Grande
17 Nicole Pratt
18 Janette Husarova
19 Francesca Schiavone
20 Emmanuelle Gagliardi
21 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian
22 Wild Card
23 Wild Card
24 Wild Card
25 Qualifier
26 Qualifier
27 Qualifier
28 Qualifier
Next in
1 Anna Kournikova --She's In
2 Meilen Tu
3 Marissa Irvin
4 Conchita Martinez --She'll probally get a WC
5 Emilie Loit
6 Lilia Osterloh
7 Jennifer Hopkins
8 Cara Black
9 Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios
10 Brie Rippner
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GO VENUS ..... Queen of Stanford!!!!!!

Venus better be at 100% cuz' she has to defend tons of points (1782) ... up to the USO:

Stanford QF 60
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The good news is that she has ZERO pts to defend post-USO ..... so she can grab tons of points especially at the Chase!!!!!!
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Women's Look Forward: Stanford, Sopot

Women's Look Forward: Stanford, Sopot
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Now things really turn serious.]

One of the side effects (we'd say drawbacks, but no doubt the hardcourt experts would disagree) of a tour that is dominated by hardcourts is that hardcourt players rise to the top. Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati -- all of them, taking their careers as a whole, have made most of their success on hardcourts. If Serena is on top now, it's because she's added the best results on other surfaces. But the player who dominates on hardcourts (and indoors) will be the year-end #1.

And so this is the week when the big scramble for points begins. It's biggest for Lindsay Davenport, because she has so few events that every point counts a lot. But just about everyone has a lot on the line. Monica Seles has no titles to defend this summer, but a bunch of finals and semifinals and wins over top players. Venus Williams has San Diego and New Haven and the U. S. Open. Serena has the Canadian Open and the U. S. Open final. Davenport has Los Angeles. Kim Clijsters has Stanford. Even Capriati, who of course has no titles, has the Canadian Open final and the U. S. Open semifinal. If any of these players (except Davenport, who is too far behind) can really outdistance the others, she will grab the top spot from Serena. We're not saying it will happen -- these players are all too competitive for anyone to really dominate, unless it's Venus, and based on recent form, Venus won't dominate Serena. But, mathematically, it could happen.

But all these players face question marks. Clijsters is the biggest: She's hurting, and she has a lot of points to defend at Stanford. It looks quite likely that she will lose her #5 spot. But there is also the question of how Davenport can do after her long layoff; she looked good in Fed Cup, but that was against almost token opposition. Another big question is whether Seles can defend her points. She did amazingly well last summer, but she hasn't looked as impressive this year and she won't be as well rested. And can Serena keep up her pace? And what about Venus? Fans don't like it when we say this, but it's a mathematically demonstrable fact: Venus is off from last year. Can she pick it back up? Will Capriati ever win another title? Will Jelena Dokic win a title against real opposition?

Those questions make Stanford more than usually significant this year. In recent years, this event has been much the weakest of the summer hardcourt events; with most players wanting to play two or three U. S. Open warmups, but not four, and most wanting to take at least one week off in the two weeks before the Open, and most wanting to play back-to-back events, Stanford is sort of an "odd event out." But in this summer of injuries and comebacks and a #1 ranking that's already gone to four different players this year, it's stronger than usual (six Top Ten players), and it may well set the tone for what lies ahead.
Stanford is interesting for a whole bunch of other reasons. If Jelena Dokic accuses someone of fixing the draw, this time she will be at least formally correct: The draw is fixed: Lindsay Davenport is returning to the court, and she has gotten a special exempt seeding (#2 behind Venus Williams, even though her ranking would make her the #6 seed). And the player who was bumped as a result was -- Dokic, who would have been the #4 seed but instead finds herself at #5. Which also costs her a first round bye. And she's in Davenport's quarter of the draw. Something -- words, sparks, racquets -- may fly.

Nor is that the only interesting line-up in this draw. #1 seed Venus Williams, in her opening match, will face -- Meghann Shaughnessy, the very player who beat her here last year (Venus's last loss of 2001). It's a big rematch for both players -- though more so for Shaughnessy; this was her last big result of 2001, and she needs the points.

There are, in fact, plenty of fine and interesting matches in this draw. Jankovic versus a qualifier doesn't excite us much, and we're not expecting much of Grande vs. qualifier or Martinez vs. Granville, but just about every other match has something interesting going for it. Let's do our usual and march down the draw, looking at the interesting matches. There are a lot of them:
First Round:

Shaughnessy vs. Schiavone. Two players in slumps. Schiavone is healthy. Shaughnessy has been saying she's healthy, but not playing like it, for so long that it's getting hard to believe. They're both very good when they're on. Shaughnessy likes hardcourts better. She also has more on the line. Can she finally break out?

Kournikova vs. (8) Smashnova. Kournikova has been having a lot of trouble lately, but she also got to the Roland Garros semifinal in doubles; that has to help her badly shattered confidence. She can outhit Smashnova, and is fast. She has what it takes to control this match. The question is, will she? Smashnova has gotten to the Top Twenty by playing very consistent tennis. Kournikova hates that. This one could well be fascinating.

Husarova vs. Tanasugarn. Two players having their best years. Husarova, in particular, is playing at a level she couldn't even have dreamed of two years ago. The surface is fairly neutral for them. Tanasugarn is ranked higher, and will not have just flown in from Fed Cup. But Husarova survives by not letting problems like that get to her.

Sugiyama vs. Raymond. Past and present #1s in doubles. Both have been marginal top twenty at some point in their careers, both are a little lower now. Sugiyama probably likes hardcourts better (earlier this year, they faced each other back-to-back at Memphis and Scottsdale. Raymond won at Memphis, indoors, Sugiyama at Scottsdale, on hardcourts). It's likely to be a very near-run thing.

(7) Bedanova vs. Panova. A very capable but erratic player in Bedanova, a steady baseboard in Panova. Panova can't really beat you, but she's very good at helping you beat yourself. And Bedanova reportedly has been hurt. How big a door will Bedanova leave open?

Stevenson vs. Tu. Alexandra Stevenson had a great spring. Lately, she's come back down to earth. We haven't yet heard how fast the court is at Stanford. That might make a big difference....

(5) Dokic vs. Frazier. Amy Frazier is having a very, very tough year, but she loves west coast hardcourts. Jelena Dokic has no such fondness. If the Frazier of 2000 should make an appearance, this just might prove really, really interesting.

Granville vs. Martinez. A former great in a deep slump versus a player just coming off her best career result. Granville of course is most accustomed to hardcourts. There probably won't be much offense in this match. But both could really use a win about now.

Second Round:

(1) V. Williams vs. Shaughnessy (or Schiavone). The big rematch from last year. Shaughnessy is way, way off since then -- but Venus isn't at her best either. Obviously Venus is the huge favorite -- but she's also lost her last three tournaments in a row, two of them to Serena. What effect will that have?
Mikaelian vs. Kournikova or (8) Smashnova. Mikaelian won her first title on hardcourts at Tashkent. Admittedly that was a very weak field. But observers say she has a very solid game. This may be her chance to prove it.

Raymond or Sugiyama vs. (6) Hénin. Justine Hénin is a great grass player. She's a great clay player. She is not a great hardcourt player. At least, not so far, and her tools are not hardcourt tools. Both her potential opponents have more experience. None of them can blow opponents off the court. This could well be the match of the tournament if you like shotmaking.

Stevenson or Tu vs. (4) Clijsters. The defending champion has a lot on the line, and she's not in good form or good health. Can someone take advantage?
With Sopot so much smaller than Stanford, and falling toward the end of the clay season, it naturally doesn't feature as many big names. There isn't a single Top Ten player present. But the seeds all have good claims to attention. First of all is the #3 seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who has fallen well below her best but who reached a final two weeks ago and just helped Spain come through in Fed Cup. #1 seed Silvia Farina Elia is Top Fifteen, and has a clay title this year. #2 Patty Schnyder has been having her best season in years, and she loves clay. #4 Martina Sucha has fallen off a bit lately, but she's a talented young player. #5 Cristina Torrens Valero is the defending champion. #6 Henrieta Nagyova is also a past champion. #7 Maja Matevzic has a great collection of shots though she hasn't really turned them into a complete game. And #8 Magui Serna, another player with a clay title this year, is the WTA's leading upset artist.

The result is a surprising number of fine matches. There may not be as many names as at Stanford, but there may well be more to see. The following list shows just some of the interesting matches of the early rounds:
First Round:

Rittner vs. Leon Garcia. Upset artist vs. clay expert. Hard to predict this one.
Koulikovskaya vs. (6) Nagyova. The only woman on the Tour with two forehands is also having one of her better years. And Nagyova is having one of her worst. Watch it just to see Koulikovskaya. An upset would be a bonus.
(3) Sanchez-Vicario vs. Marrero. Marrero, you may recall, is the player who beat the Sanchez-Vicario at Roland Garros.

(7) Matevzic vs. Zvonareva. Zvonareva is one of the hottest young prospects on the Tour. This has high upset potential.

Montolio vs. (4) Sucha. Montolio started the year in the Top 25, and it was all because of clay. She's slumped dreadfully since, but she did win one title this year, and this is just the sort of event where she cleaned up in the past.
(8) Serna vs. Talaja. Talaja has never recovered her form of a few years back, but you never know what will happen when Serna plays.
Second Round

(1) Farina Elia vs. Rittner or Leon Garcia. Farina Elia likes clay enough that she stayed in Europe when all the other top players headed for the U. S. But so did her opponents....

Garbin vs. (5) Torrens Valero. Garbin is very inconsistent. But that inconsistency gives her the ability to surprise people....
Svensson vs. (2) Schnyder. A Fed Cup rematch.

The Rankings.
It's going to be a quiet week at the top; Serena Williams is going to remain #1 and Venus Williams #2. Below that, all is chaos. Jennifer Capriati's lead over Monica Seles is only 41 points. Seles, it is true, has points to defend and Capriati doesn't. But if Seles can reach the final, she is almost certainly going to be #3.

Kim Clijsters is just barely clinging to the #5 spot. She probably can't keep it up much longer. Even if she defends, she's likely to fall to #6. She might even fall to #7. If she doesn't make the final, she is certain to fall to #7, with Jelena Dokic and Justine Hénin moving up. Lose in the first round, and it appears she will fall all the way to #8, with Martina Hingis briefly regaining #7.
Lindsay Davenport is safe at #9, though there doesn't appear to be any prospect of her moving up at this time. (Maybe next week, when Hingis loses some points.) Amélie Mauresmo will stay at #10.

The other player with a lot on the line is Meghann Shaughnessy, who beat Venus Williams last year. She is currently #19, and looks very likely to fall out of the Top 20. She might end up around #23 if she loses early.
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Venus, Davenport entered at Bank of the West Classic

Venus, Davenport entered at Bank of the West Classic
July 23, 2002

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) -- Lindsay Davenport plays her first tournament this year, while fellow American Venus Williams plays for the first time since Wimbledon at the $565,000 Bank of the West Classic.

Sidelined since November, Davenport played for the United States in Fed Cup qualifying over the weekend. She defeated Anna Smashnova in straight sets Saturday before posting a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) victory over Tzipora Obziler on Sunday to help the U.S. qualify for the 2003 World Group with a 5-0 romp over Israel.

The 26-year-old Davenport ended last year and 1998 as the No. 1 ranked woman. She lost in the final of this event each of the past two years after defeating Williams in the final in 1998 and 1999.

Williams is world's second-ranked woman. She was No. 1 earlier this season and will be playing for the first time since suferring a 7-6, 6-3 loss to younger sister Serena in the final at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams has four titles this season, with the most recent coming at the Bausch & Lomb Championships. She defeated Davenport in straight sets in the final here two years ago.

American Monica Seles, who played with Davenport for the U.S. over the weekend, is the third seed. Seles has two titles this season and is playing for the first time since losing to Belgium's Justine Henin in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

Fourth seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium posted a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 win over Davenport in the final last year.

The top four seeds received first-round byes.

No. 5 Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia swept past American Amy Frazier, 6-3, 7-5, in Monday's lone match involving a seeded player.

"I've had a week and a half off," Dokic said. "I've played a lot of tournaments; mentally, I was tired. There's still a lot of summer left. It's a long hardcourt season, there are a lot of tournaments to be played."

In matches involving unseeded players, Meilen Tu disposed of fellow American Alexandra Stevenson, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, and Spain's Conchita Martinez won a battle of wild cards, 6-3, 6-3 over Laura Granville of the United States.

First prize is $93,000.
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Venus Schedule To Play Thursday

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Evening session (starting at 7:30p.m.)
Williams vs. Shaughnessy
Followed by (on first available court)
Raymond / Stubbs vs. Grande / Tarabini or Kalvaria / Lastra

Stadium 2 - Starting at 1:00 pm
Husarova / Martinez vs. Dokic / Tanasugarn
Fusai / Vis or Granville / Hopkins vs. Augustus / Rippner

Evening session (starting at 7:30p.m.)
Bedanova vs. Jankovic

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Heehee Queeno Apparently Vee is determined to keep to neutral colours this year---she probably decided to leave all the colour to her housemate...

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Venus has a tough 2nd round match. Yikes!

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Williams resumes tournament play Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Williams resumes tournament play Wednesday, July 24, 2002

(07-24) 11:55 PDT STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly three weeks after losing the No. 1 ranking -- and the title at Wimbledon -- Venus Williams resumes tournament play at the Bank of the West Classic this week with her sights set on getting back to the top.

"My Grand Slam record was so nice for awhile, now it's a little marred," Williams said Wednesday as she prepared to meet Meghann Shaughnessy in the second round on Thursday. "More than anything I'd like to play well here." Williams brings a 41-6 record, with four tournament titles, into this year's event at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

Three of those losses have come to her younger sister, Serena, including the finals at the French Open and Wimbledon. "She's a great player," said Williams. "You have to play well or go home with a loss. Sometimes I play well and still lose." Williams, a two-time Wimbledon champion, returns to her professional roots this week. She made her debut at this event when it was held at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. She won the title at Stanford in 1999 and 2000, but was upset by Shaughnessy in last year's quarterfinals.

"That seems like so long ago," said Williams. "I wouldn't call it revenge, but I do hate losing. I just have to play consistently and serve well." Williams, ranked second in the world (and in her own family), took a week off following her loss in England. She returned to practice with the goal of using the summer tournaments to get ready for the U.S. Open in New York and yet another possible showdown with her sister.

"This has always been a great tournament," said Williams. "I want to make sure I'm technically sound and build confidence. I'm always confident, but it's better when you're playing well. I love being in California and I enjoy this part of the year. For me, it's somewhat cool. Florida can get crazy hot. Now I have to wear sweaters."

The top-seeded Williams is one of six players among the top nine entered in the tournament. American Monica Seles (No. 4), defending champion Kim Clijsters (5) of Belgium, Yugoslavia's Jelena Dokic (6) and American Lindsay Davenport (9) are all still alive, while Belgium's Justine Henin (7) was upset by American Marissa Irvin in the first round on Tuesday. "I think I'm ready," said Williams

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