#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford QF Preview + Prediction (2/wc) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs (8) 🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis
The fourth and final quarter-final of the day at the Bank of the West Classic sees a resurgent Petra Kvitova come up against American, rising star: Catherine Bellis. Kvitova and Bellis both claimed straight set wins on Thursday and will each enter Friday’s quarter-final with a point to prove. It would be a significant achievement for Bellis if she were to defeat a player on Kvitova’s calibre at this stage of her career whilst every match is important for Kvitova at this stage of her comeback in the lead up to the final Grand Slam of the year.
The second quarter-final of the day at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday sees the 4th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova come up against the 6th seeded CoCo Vandeweghe. Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe both breezed into the final 8 with convincing second round wins on Thursday in Stanford, both will enter the quarter-final stage full of confidence. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece heading into this match, it seems hard to split these two heading into what should be a very even, hard-fought clash.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford QF Preview + Prediction (1) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (5) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh
A blockbuster quarter-final clash at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford sees the top seeded Garbine Muguruza and Ana Konjuh go head-to-head for the very first time. Muguruza made a commanding return to action on Wednesday evening in her first match since claiming her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Muguruza stormed past Kayla Day 6-2 6-0 to setup a fascinating clash against Ana Konjuh. The Croatian secured her spot in the quarter-finals with a solid straight set win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva. It will be interesting to see how hard Konjuh can push Muguruza in what should be the first of many matches between these two.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford QF Preview + Prediction (3) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs (7) 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko
A fascinating quarter-final clash at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford sees the highest ranked American Madison Keys come up against the seventh seeded Lesia Tsurenko. Madison Keys has had an injury plagued season and will be hoping to gain confidence and match fitness during the early tournaments of the U.S Open series before heading to New York for the final Grand Slam of the year. Keys was rusty in her opening clash and will face her first real test on Friday when she takes on the consistent Lesia Tsurenko.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will begin her U.S Open series campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against Alison Riske in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. As the fourth seed, Pavlyuchenkova received a bye through to the second round whilst Alison Riske progressed to the second round courtesy of a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Magda Linette. Surprisingly, it is Alison Riske who has had the edge in this match-up, the American holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over the Russian.
Two Californian natives will go head-to-head at the second round stage of the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday when CoCo Vandeweghe takes on Nicole Gibbs. Vandeweghe’s best has been very good in 2017, highlighted by a run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open and more recently a quarter-final showing at Wimbledon. Back at home in the United States, Vandeweghe will be hoping to contend for the biggest titles throughout the new few months, gaining momentum in Stanford will be important for Vandeweghe.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford R2 Preview + Prediction (1) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs 🇺🇸 Kayla Day
Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will be back in action for the first time since capturing her second Grand Slam title last month when she takes on Kayla Day in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic. The top seeded Spaniard really struggled to deal with expectations after the success of her first Grand Slam triumph and will want to make a real effort to ensure that the same thing does not happen during the U.S Open series after her success at Wimbledon.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford R2 Preview + Prediction (wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs (7) 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko
Maria Sharapova made a successful return to competitive action on Monday at the Bank of the West Classic. Sharapova claimed a three set win over Jennifer Brady, displaying glimpses of her best tennis in a topsy-turvy performance. Sharapova will continue her Stanford campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against the 7th seeded Lesia Tsurenko in the second round. Tsurenko claimed a comfortable straight set win over Lara Arruabarrena in the opening round. Interestingly, this will be the first ever meeting between the pair.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford R1 Preview + Prediction (wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs 🇺🇸 Jennifer Brady
Maria Sharapova will make her much anticipated return to competitive action on Monday evening at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. Sharapova will come up against Jennifer Brady in the opening round in the Californian desert. Sharapova created a heap of controversy in her return from suspension during the clay court swing, unfortunately for Sharapova her return was cut short as a thigh injury derailed her Roland Garros and grass swing campaigns. When Sharapova did manage to compete, she was still playing at a high enough level to suggest she will soon be competing for the biggest titles once again and looms as one of the main contenders this week in Stanford.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford R1 Preview + Prediction (5) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh vs (Q) 🇳🇿 Maria Erakovic
Ana Konjuh will begin her U.S Open series campaign on Monday afternoon with a first round clash against qualifier, Marina Erakovic. Konjuh’s first big success came in the United States as she reached the quarter-final stage at the U.S Open last year. Konjuh will be hoping for another round of success on the North American hard courts in 2017, starting with a strong showing in Stanford as she builds towards NY.