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Venus, Azarenka to meet tonight at Stanford

Jul 31, 2014

   Note: This story will be updated after tonight's match.   In a much-anticipated second-round match, wild card Venus Williams will meet fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka tonight at 7 in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford's T...

Lepchenko upsets Radwanska in Bank of the West

Jul 30, 2014

   Note: This story will be updated after Serena Williams' 7 p.m. match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.   STANFORD -- Varvara Lepchenko of the United States scored the biggest victory of her career today, outsluggin...

Defending champion falls in Bank of the West

Jul 29, 2014

   STANFORD -- Rising star Garbine Muguruza ousted defending champion Dominika Cibulkova, seeded sixth, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 today in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.   It was th...

Japanese teen stuns Stosur in Bank of the West

Jul 29, 2014
Japanese teen stuns Stosur in Bank of the West

Samantha Stosur lost to Naomi Osaka, a 16-year-oldqualifier from Japan, in the first round of the Bankof the West Classic at Stanford. 2013 photo by Paul Bauman   Samantha Stosur's tailspin in the Bank of the West Classic continued Monday.&nb...

Venus to play qualifier on Tuesday at Stanford

Jul 28, 2014

   Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams will face qualifier Paula Kania of Poland on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, tournament organizers announced Sunday.   Willia...

Lucic-Baroni, with troubled past, upset at Stanford

Jul 27, 2014

   The sad story of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni continued to play out on Saturday at Stanford.
   The former prodigy, now 32, lost to doubles specialist Raquel Kops-Jones of San Jose 6-2, 7-6 (8) in the first round of qualifying for the Bank of the West Classic.
   Lucic-Baroni, from Croatia, was seeded third at No. 127...

Serena to play at Stanford after weird Wimbledon exit

Jul 26, 2014
Serena to play at Stanford after weird Wimbledon exit

Serena Williams is scheduled to return to the Bankof the West Classic for the first time since beatinglucky loser CoCo Vandeweghe for the 2012 title.Vandeweghe also is entered in next week's tourna-ment at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.. Photo...

Fendick-McCain resigns as Texas women’s coach

Jul 25, 2014

   Patty Fendick-McCain, a Sacramento native who starred at Stanford and in professional tennis, recently announced her retirement after nine years as the women's head coach at the University of Texas.
   Fendick-McCain, 49, led the Longhorns to the NCAA Championships each year, including appearances in the round of 16 in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
  ...

Rankings mover of the week: Nicole Gibbs (up)

Jul 22, 2014
Rankings mover of the week: Nicole Gibbs (up)

Ex-Stanford star Nicole Gibbs, shown two weeks ago in the Sacramento Challenger, jumped 25 spots to a career-high No. 142 in the world.    Former Stanford star Nicole Gibbs rose 25 places to a career-high No. 142 in the world by winning last ...

TV schedule, calendar

Jul 22, 2014

TV SCHEDULE(All times in California)Wednesday   Umag (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 1-5 p.m. (delay), 5-9 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday (repeat). Thursday   Umag (men), round of 16, Tennis Channel, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m...

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