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Source: San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2006



Clijsters' path isn't that easy



Davenport, Venus Williams out, though



By Maggie Thach, Chronicle Staff Writer

Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams would have posed big threats to Kim Clijsters' title as the defending champion of the Bank of the West Classic. The three have combined to win the last eight titles. But with Davenport still recovering from a back injury that kept her out of the French Open and Wimbledon, and Williams not registering, Clijsters remains the only one of the trio who can add another title to her resume.

The Bank of the West Classic, a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier II event, will be held at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium beginning Monday. Qualifying rounds will start Saturday.

Even though Davenport and Williams are out, Clijsters still will have to worry about the five other top-20 players in the tournament: Patty Schnyder, Nicole Vaidisova, Anna-Lena Groenfeld, Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.

Schnyder, 27, reached the second round at Wimbledon, and Sugiyama, 31, played in the Bank of the West Classic final in 1995. Vaidisova, Groenfeld and Hantuchova, all under 23, represent the younger generation of the sport.

Jelena Jankovic, who stands at No. 27, reached the fourth round at Wimbledon by beating defending champion Williams earlier this year.

Along with bringing different playing styles to the tournament, some of the players bring a different crowd, tournament director Adam Barrett said.

"If people watch early on and catch (Nicole) Vaidisova, they'll see the future of tennis. She's like the next Maria Sharapova: pretty, tall, athletic, powerful. She's going to draw a liking," Barrett said. "I would expect a large following for Sania Mirza. She's the most successful player to come out of India. It's a harder sell because the names aren't recognizable, but what's important is the future of the sport."

The Bank of the West Classic is the first stop of five tours en route to the U.S. Open. Players in the tournament have an opportunity to earn bonus money by virtue of their performances at each of the five tours.

"Any event that has crowd support and title sponsors, the players are going to enjoy coming to," Barrett said. "They enjoy top-level tennis at a top-level facility. That's what we have here. Kim may be the No. 2 seed but this won't be a walk-through for her. The competition level is extremely high."

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Clijsters' path isn't that easy



Davenport, Venus Williams out, though



By Maggie Thach, Chronicle Staff Writer

Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams would have posed big threats to Kim Clijsters' title as the defending champion of the Bank of the West Classic. The three have combined to win the last eight titles. But with Davenport still recovering from a back injury that kept her out of the French Open and Wimbledon, and Williams not registering, Clijsters remains the only one of the trio who can add another title to her resume.

The Bank of the West Classic, a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier II event, will be held at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium beginning Monday. Qualifying rounds will start Saturday.

Even though Davenport and Williams are out, Clijsters still will have to worry about the five other top-20 players in the tournament: Patty Schnyder, Nicole Vaidisova, Anna-Lena Groenfeld, Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.

Schnyder, 27, reached the second round at Wimbledon, and Sugiyama, 31, played in the Bank of the West Classic final in 1995. Vaidisova, Groenfeld and Hantuchova, all under 23, represent the younger generation of the sport.

Jelena Jankovic, who stands at No. 27, reached the fourth round at Wimbledon by beating defending champion Williams earlier this year.

Along with bringing different playing styles to the tournament, some of the players bring a different crowd, tournament director Adam Barrett said.

"If people watch early on and catch (Nicole) Vaidisova, they'll see the future of tennis. She's like the next Maria Sharapova: pretty, tall, athletic, powerful. She's going to draw a liking," Barrett said. "I would expect a large following for Sania Mirza. She's the most successful player to come out of India. It's a harder sell because the names aren't recognizable, but what's important is the future of the sport."

The Bank of the West Classic is the first stop of five tours en route to the U.S. Open. Players in the tournament have an opportunity to earn bonus money by virtue of their performances at each of the five tours.

"Any event that has crowd support and title sponsors, the players are going to enjoy coming to," Barrett said. "They enjoy top-level tennis at a top-level facility. That's what we have here. Kim may be the No. 2 seed but this won't be a walk-through for her. The competition level is extremely high."
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My idea exactly - Is Amélie there and did they fail to mention her?
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WeLL I think Kim CLijsters is by far the top favourite to win the title, I think Nicole Vaidisova is the most dangerous opponent to Kim

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WeLL I think Kim CLijsters is by far the top favourite to win the title, I think Nicole Vaidisova is the most dangerous opponent to Kim
by ranking and potential, yes, people will say vaidisova. but IMO her kind of game isnt the kind to really hurt kim OTOH, patty's kind of game will fustrate kim more
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I really hope Kim can defend her title. The article mentioned some of the other seeds. But first thing is first. She's got to get through her first match. Whoever it is against - this is the one that worries me the most. I don't have the same confidence about these 1st round matches anymore. The last two times she's gone over to the states - YEC last year and Miami this year - she was rusty and played badly and lost her first match.

I'm praying she will be prepared and OK this time.
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Here is the draw

1 Clijsters vs. Bye
Jankovic vs. Osterloh
Camerin vs. Dechy
Zvonareva vs. 8 Srebotnik

3 Vaidisova vs. Bye
Bartoli vs. Bammer
Qualifier vs. Stosur
Liu vs. 7 Peer

6 Sugiyama vs. Peschke
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Qualifier vs. Mirza
4 Groenefeld vs. Bye

5 Hantuchova vs. Qualifier
Craybas vs. Rubin
Dulko vs. Qualifier
2. Schnyder vs. Bye

Could be tough. Jankovic has been doing pretty well lately. She will probably face the winner of the Zvonereva Srebotnik match in the quarters. Good luck Kim!

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BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC

July 24-30, Stanford, California, bankofthewest classic.com BY KIM CLIJSTERS—PERENNIAL CHAMPION



During the course of my career, the Bank of the West Classic has been very good to me. I've gone to the final the last four times I've played there, and won the title three times. That's all in the last five years.



I don't know why I play so well there. I guess there's just something about Stanford that makes me feel comfortable. For some reason, I always feel the ball coming off my racquet very well there. It's a great way to start the California swing.

My favorite aspect of the tournament has to be the coziness of the court. The site is small and intimate, and I like it that way. You have the running track right next to the courts, which is unusual, and makes for a great way to warm up and stretch prior to your matches. The site is actually close to the pool and basketball courts, so it's great to see the other athletes if they are still there for summer training. Because Stanford's a university town, there are also plenty of great restaurants to go to.

The first year that I won the title there, in 2001, there were some Belgian fans and students who were supporting me, and every year since I've invited them back. They wear the Belgian colors and fly the flag, which is always nice to see, especially when you're away from home.

I was really happy to win the US Open Series last year, and after I won it I got asked a lot about my winnings: $2.2 million for winning the Series and the US Open. They say it's the richest prize in women's sports history. But to be honest, I'm not a big spender, and money's never been a motivation for me to play tennis. Now I'm motivated by finishing strong. After winning Toronto in 2005 I announced that I'd be retiring after two years, and I'm sticking to it. Catch me while you can! I hope to see you in Stanford.
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with the draw, kim will have to be ready from the word go, what with jankovic and zvonareva (both playing VERY well) looming in her quarter. she cannot have anymore of the "dropping a set to jackson" play in stanford. i'd actually think that's her two toughest matches in the tournament

having said that, when will kim's run of horrible draws finally end? she somehow always manages to get all the toughest opponents in her half

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with the draw, kim will have to be ready from the word go, what with jankovic and zvonareva (both playing VERY well) looming in her quarter. she cannot have anymore of the "dropping a set to jackson" play in stanford. i'd actually think that's her two toughest matches in the tournament

having said that, when will kim's run of horrible draws finally end? she somehow always manages to get all the toughest opponents in her half
Yeah, i'm not too sure.. but stanford is always good for her.. so..
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with the draw, kim will have to be ready from the word go, what with jankovic and zvonareva (both playing VERY well) looming in her quarter. she cannot have anymore of the "dropping a set to jackson" play in stanford. i'd actually think that's her two toughest matches in the tournament

having said that, when will kim's run of horrible draws finally end? she somehow always manages to get all the toughest opponents in her half
Hopefully before the USO, so she can happily defend her title.

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with the draw, kim will have to be ready from the word go, what with jankovic and zvonareva (both playing VERY well) looming in her quarter. she cannot have anymore of the "dropping a set to jackson" play in stanford. i'd actually think that's her two toughest matches in the tournament

having said that, when will kim's run of horrible draws finally end? she somehow always manages to get all the toughest opponents in her half
Yeah I agree those first two rounds with jankovic and zvonareva - I'm like . But if she does go out early it's no use blaming the draw. In fact I'm glad she's got tough opponents here. If she gets through it'll do her confidence a lot of good.

Anyway if she had easy draws they'd be saying "I'm fed up the way Kim always gets cakewalk draws ... blaa blaa" . So I kind of prefer her to not have too easy draws. Oh I forgot that doesn't work - they say that anyway.
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Does anybody in the UK know what the Eurosport coverage is likely to be like for Stanford?
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