Bank of the West Classic 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule
The Bank of the West Classic doesn't get much press, but it is a truly unique event in the world of tennis. It is the longest-running women-only professional tennis competition, played out in beautiful Stanford, California.
Although the tournament lacks obvious name recognition, the players involved certainly do not. Venus Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber and last year's champion, Dominika Cibulkova, are all set to take the court on the West Coast.
This year's edition of the Classic also features the return of one of the biggest names in all of tennis, Serena Williams. When we last saw Williams, she was struggling mightily at Wimbledon 2014, looking dazed and confused in her truncated doubles match with her sister.
One player does happen to have home-court advantage. Kristie Ahn is a 22-year-old Stanford grad with a chance to truly make her mark in the world of tennis in this tournament. She will face Coco Vandeweghe in the first round Monday.
Serena has received a bye into the next round, so fans will have to wait to see how she fares in her quest to win this tournament for the the third time in her career.
Day 7 Results
Day 7 Results
No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 3 Angelique Kerber; 7-6(1), 6-3
Day 7 Recap
Serena Williams cruised to her WTA-leading fourth title of the season Sunday in front of a friendly crowd to finish off the week of action in California.
The triumph marks the third straight time Williams has won at Stanford and it is title No. 61 overall at a critical point in what has been a rather tumultuous season littered with upsets.
There was nothing of the sort Sunday, although No. 3 Angelique Kerber gave it quite the try early by jumping out to a 5-1 advantage in the first set. Williams stormed back, though, and it was clear upon her taking the first set that she would not be denied.
In the duel between two familiar foes—which Williams has won 5-of-6 times—that lasted a little over an hour, the eventual champion fired off six aces and won 80 percent of her first-serve points while the runner-up committed four double faults.
Kerber has now gone 0-4 in finals this year. For Williams, any and all momentum is a good thing at this point given the current course of her season. The Rogers Cup awaits next.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Results
No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 8 Andrea Petkovic; 7-5 6-0
No. 3 Angelique Kerber def. Varvara Lepchenko; 4-6, 7(7)-6(4), 6-2
Day 6 Recap
It's been a roller-coaster year for Serena Williams; however, she managed to defeat Andrea Petkovic in consecutive sets on Saturday to earn a trip to her fourth final of the season.
Williams struggled early in the match, finding herself even with Petkovic at five games each in the first set. The No. 1 seed went up 6-5, and looked poised to take the set easily; however, she needed five attempts to finally convert a break point.
From there, Williams continued to gain momentum. She seemingly improved throughout the duration of the match, only to win the final eight games to advance through to the final.
So far this year, Williams has been dangerous in this situation. She's holding a 3-0 record in finals appearances, winning at Brisbane, Miami and Rome.
The second match of the day featured the last remaining unranked player, and for a moment, it appeared as though Varvara Lepchenko would take down Angelique Kerber to force an all-American final at Stanford.
Well, that wasn't to be, as Kerber made her presence felt, coming back strong during the second set and finishing with some on-point serves to oust her opponent from the tournament.
While Lepchenko was more accurate with her first serves, Kerber made hers count, winning 73 percent of her first-service points to the American's 56 percent. That would prove to be the difference-maker late, propelling Kerber to overcome her break-point struggles and take the match.
Her victory sets up a fantastic duel against Williams on Sunday. Both of these athletes have been severely tested leading up to the upcoming final, and the way each are performing of late, we should be in for quite a treat as the Bank of the West Classic's conclusion draws near.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Results
No. 8 Andrea Petkovic def. Venus Williams; 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
No. 3 Angelique Kerber def. Garbine Muguruza; 6-2, 6-1
Varvara Lepchenko def. Sachia Vickery; 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 5 Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Day 5 Recap
One half of the Williams sisters went down Friday in California.
Less than 24 hours removed from a stunning upset over No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, Venus Williams succumbed to fatigue in a match against No. 8 Andrea Petkovic that lasted close to two hours.
Sports Illustrated put it best on Twitter: "Not an easy turnaround for Venus Williams from last night’s intense match vs. Azarenka. Petkovic takes the first set 61 in Stanford."
Williams showed some fight in the second set while down 0-2 and eventually forced a third, but the energy expended to force the extra frame proved too much.
In somewhat less exciting action, Varvara Lepchenko bullied Sachia Vickery on her way to the semifinals, as did No. 3 Angelique Kerber to Garbine Muguruza. The No. 8 player in the world needed just 56 minutes to knock off Muguruza in a routine affair that showed flashes of her triumph over Maria Sharapova earlier this summer.
Serena Williams had to stage a comeback against No. 5 Ana Ivanovic to avoid joining her sister in defeat. The No. 1 seed in the tournament was able to bounce back from a shaky 2-6 first set and see out the victory. Her powerful serve ran hot and cold in the match, as she notched 10 aces and eight double faults. Williams crucially won 10 of 11 first-service points in the third set to secure the victory.
Day 4 Results
Day 4 Results
Garbine Muguruza def. Daniela Hantuchova; 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Angelique Kerber def. Coco Vandeweghe; 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-2
No. 5 Ana Ivanovic def. Carol Zhao; 6-1, 6-1
Venus Williams def. No. 4 Victoria Azarenka; 6-4, 7-6
Day 4 Recap
Garbine Muguruza kicked off the day with a solid two-set victory over Daniela Hantuchova. The 20-year-old Spaniard played smart, strong tennis to defeat her elder foe, saving eight of 12 break points during the match and absolutely dominating Hantuchova on second serves.
Hantuchova notched five double faults and won a paltry 16 percent of her second-service point opportunities. All other aspects of the match were fairly even, but Hantuchova struggled to maintain consistency on the day.
No. 3 Angelique Kerber had to fight back from a disastrous second set to defeated Coco Vandeweghe in her second round matchup. Vandeweghe put up a fight right from the beginning, taking Kerber to tiebreakers before rattling off six games in her dominant second set, notching four of her seven aces in that timeframe.
Kerber's serve was rocky throughout the day; she didn't tally a single ace and picked up five double faults. She bore down in the third set, winning two break points and 77 percent of her second-service point opportunities to dispatch Vandeweghe.
No. 5 Ana Ivanovic made it look easy against Carol Zhao, allowing her opponent to win just one game in each set on the way to her simple second-round victory. Zhao managed to save just one of six break point opportunities during the match and won only 16 percent of her second-service points opportunities.
To finish off the night, Venus Williams outlasted Victoria Azarenka. The No. 4 player in the tournament appeared back to form, so Williams admits that a triumph was quite meaningful heading into Friday's slate, per Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News:
"Obviously, it's always great to get a win against a player like Victoria because she's a champion," said Williams. "So it feels good. But she also hasn't been playing as much, so I think she's still looking for her range. But I think both of us played at a high level, and it just got better as the match went on."
Day 3 Results
Day 3 Results
No. 8 Andrea Petkovic def. Naomi Osaka, 6-2, 6-2
Sachia Vickery def. Monica Puig, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
Varvara Lepchenko def. No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
No. 1 Serena Williams def. Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2
Day 3 Recap
Another day, another major contender biting the dust.
On Wednesday, it was No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska falling in three sets to Varvara Lepchenko. The difference in this one was Lepchenko's second serve, as the upstart won an impressive 60 percent of her second service, keeping Radwanska on her toes throughout the match.
Beyond that, there weren't any major surprises. No. 8 seed Andrea Petkovic cruised against Naomi Osaka, smacking five aces and winning six of the 10 break points she created. And both Sachia Vickery and Monica Puig seemed keen on handing the other the match—Vickery had eight double faults, while Puig had a shocking 10.
In the end, Vickery's four aces and her ability to win eight of the 15 break points she created—along with saving all but three of the 11 break points forced by Puig—was enough to catapult her to the victory.
The day's results have set up some intriguing matchups, with none more interesting than Venus Williams facing No. 4 Victoria Azarenka. Can Williams pull on some of her old magic and upset Azarenka?
It will certainly be worth watching to find out.
Day 2 Results
Day 2 Results
No. 5 Ana Ivanovic def. Sabine Lisicki, 7-6, 6-1
Carol Zhao def. Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 1-0 (retired)
Monica Puig def. No. 7 Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 7-5
Garbine Muguruza def. No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Venus Williams def. Paula Kania, 6-3, 6-2
Daniela Hantuchova def. Paula Ormaechea 6-3, 6-4
Day 2 Recap
It was a day of upsets on Tuesday.
While No. 5 Ana Ivanovic survived a tough competitor in Sabine Lisicki, the No. 6 seed Dominika Cibulkova and No. 7 seed Carla Suarez Navarro both fell in the second day of action at the Bank of the West Classic.
Garbine Muguruza used a strong serve to upset Cibulkova, smacking eight aces and winning 70 percent of her first service points. Meanwhile, Suarez Navarro's serve never troubled Monica Puig, as the favored player won just 51 percent of her first service and 36 percent of her second service.
Not exactly the recipe for success.
Ivanovic, meanwhile, was the portrait of clutch. She won four of her five break points while saving eight of the 10 break points that Lisicki created. Carol Zhao, meanwhile, may have been the portrait of luck—her opponent, Yanina Wickmayer, was forced to retire.
Ivanovic and Zhao will now face off in the second round, while Puig will take on Sachia Vickery and Muguruza awaits the winner of the match between Daniela Hantuchova and Paula Ormaechea.
Day 1 Results
Day 1 Results
Karolina Pliskova def. Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-3
Sachia Vickery def. Shuai Zhang 6-1, 6-2
Naomi Osaka def. Samantha Stosur 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-5
Varvara Lepchenko def. Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-3
No. 8 Andrea Petkovic def. Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-4
Coco Vandeweghe def. Kristie Ahn 6-2, 7-5
Day 1 Recap
Karolina Pliskova dominated Kimiko Date-Krumm in the day's first singles match. The Czech star overpowered her foe on the serve, notching six aces and winning 62 percent of her first-service points over the course of her two-set victory. Date-Krumm was on her back foot all day, but she did hold tough at times, saving 10 of 15 break points in the match.
Sachia Vickery notched a breezy victory over Shuai Zhang. Neither player had a very powerful serve working, but Vickery's toughness saw her through to the next round. She saved all three of her break points and won 80 percent of her second-service points in the match. Zhang didn't make things easy on herself, recording four double faults during the match.
Naomi Osaka had to engineer a comeback to defeat Samantha Stosur over three sets Monday afternoon. Stosur won the first set, 6-4, but there were signs she would have trouble as she won just one of 12 first-serve return points on the day.
Sure enough, Osaka regained her composure and edged out Stosur in the second set on a tiebreaker. It then took Osaka seven games to win the third set, made possible by winning 71 percent of her first-service points in that set.
Elsewhere, Varvara Lepchenko handled Caroline Garcia in quick fasion. Lepchenko dispatched Garcia in straight sets largely because she won 73 percent of her first serves and saved 85 percent of break points. The outcome was never in doubt and Lepchenko looks primed to compete in the immediate future.
Andrea Petkovic demonstrated why she has the No. 8 seed in the tournament Monday when she quickly dispatched with Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets. Petkovic controlled the match from the early going and never looked back. Tomljanovic certainly played better in the second set, but the writing was on the wall after a dominating first set.
It was a straight-set type of day Monday, and Coco Vandeweghe's victory over Kristie Ahn ensured that five of the six matches ended in only two sets. Vandeweghe enjoyed an 8-1 advantage in the aces department, and she won 81 percent of her first-service points. That type of dominance with the serve is hard to beat, as Ahn found out the hard way.
All stats courtesy of ProTennisLive.com unless otherwise noted.