Saturday, July 9, 2016

Radwanska withdraws from Stanford tournament

Third-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland pulled out
of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford with a right
hand injury. 2013 photo by Paul Bauman
   Third-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska withdrew from the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford with a right hand injury, tournament officials announced Friday.
   Radwanska, the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2012 and in the 2013 Bank of the West Classic, lost to Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 5-7, 9-7 in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday.
   "I am very disappointed to have to withdraw from the Bank of the West Classic," Radwanka, a 27-year-old right-hander from Poland, said in a news release. "The tournament is one of my favorites, and I was hoping to be able to play, but unfortunately the right hand injury I suffered at Wimbledon is not 100 percent, and my medical team has advised me to rest. I want to wish good luck to all of the players, and I hope to return next year."
   The loss of Radwanska leaves the Bank of the West Classic with only one top-10 player, No. 9 Venus Williams, pending the addition of four wild cards.
   Other entrants include:
   --Cibulkova, the 2013 champion who's now ranked No. 18.
   --Johanna Konta, an Australian Open semifinalist in January who's now ranked No. 19.
   --CoCo Vandeweghe, the 2012 Bank of the West runner-up to Serena Williams and a Wimbledon quarterfinalist last year.
   --Nicole Gibbs, who won two NCAA titles in singles and one in doubles in her three years at Stanford (2011-13).
   The Bank of the West Classic, in its 46th year, is the longest-running women's professional tournament in the world and the first stop in the U.S. Open Series.

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