at bank of the west, ivanovic wins + tsf to make an appearance



Props to Ana Ivanovic for getting through her first-round match against the hard-hitting Alisa Kleybanova at the Bank of the West Classic, happening this week in Stanford, Calif. (Vid: Ana’s presser)

The Serbian has had a rough couple of months, losing super-early on the clay of Madrid and Roland Garros (to Kleybanova), plus on grass at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon. Her next opponent at this hardcourt event will be the winner of Bartoli vs. Harkleroad (Draw: Singles).

And speaking of, Nick will covering the event on-site tomorrow, so look out for tweets and posts. (Welcome to California!)

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One more: Another look at her shoes after the cut…->

that’s “miss fabulous” to you



Bank of the West Classic wildcard Dinara Safina, here speaking to the media a day before facing Kimiko Date-Krumm in the tournament’s opening round. Whodathunk she’d be into Disney Couture?

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Bracket: Safina’s in the bottom half of the draw along with Zheng Jie, Masha, and Peer. Azarenka, Kleybanova, Wickmayer, and (No. 1 seed) Sam Stosur are in the top half. (Draw: Women’s singles)

(image by Forty Deuce)

one part temper, one part shriek…



Maria Sharapova and Yanina Wickmayer have teamed up and entered the Bank of the West Classic (at Stanford starting on July 26). This is the only the third time since 2005 that Masha’s played doubles.

We love this Maria Doodle from FT (they didn’t quite get her penmanship right, though).

Tix and info: Check out event details at the tournament website.

(via FierceTennis and WTB)

sunday survey (and a story)



The first professional tennis tournament I ever went to – or professional sporting event of any kind – was the 2002 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University in Palo Alto. My dad and I drove from my Grandma’s house in nearby San Jose for an evening session featuring Lindsay Davenport and Anna Kournikova, and my giddy 16-year-old self mistook all the well dressed 20-something guys in the crowd to be Bay Area gays. It wasn’t until later on in life that I realized they were all just metro straight guys there to watch Kournikova. A boy can dream.

The following night, I ventured to Stanford on my own, scoring a second-row ticket for the evening session that featured Monica Seles and Kim Clijsters on two separate courts. But before I went into the stadium, I took to the grounds, milling about and taking in the sights and the sounds of the tour that I had long dreamed of in my back alley as a kid.

While walking along the corridor of sponsor booths, I felt someone’s hand press against my side gently, and as I turned to see who it was, a large man pushed his way past be. I turned back around to try to understand why he had put his hand on my side, and realized he was escorting a well-known tennis gal through the crowd: Kournikova.

In the time that I realized what had happened, the moment was gone, and Kournikova – cap pulled tightly over her face – made her way through the crowd with little notice, thanks to the shadow the large bodyguard was casting over her.

My run-in with Marat Safin this week reminded me of my first tennis bump-in eight years ago. It also got me wondering: Which tennis player would you like to bump into in a casual setting the most? The least? Let us know in the comments section.