Sunday, July 29, 2018

Muguruza, Keys openers set in San Jose tournament

Garbine Muguruza, shown in last year's Bank of the West Classic at Stanford,
is scheduled to play her opening match in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic
on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at San Jose State. Photo by Mal Taam
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   Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza is scheduled to play her opening match in the inaugural Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose State on Wednesday at 7 p.m., tournament officials announced today.
   Also, second-seeded Madison Keys is set to open during the day session on Thursday.
Madison Keys poses with a stuffed bear
after winning the title at Stanford last
August. Grizzly bears are a symbol of
California. Photo by Mal Taam
   Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam singles champion, and Keys, who won the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford and reached the U.S. Open final last year, received first-round byes.
   Muguruza will play the winner of Monday's 7 p.m. match between mothers Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine. Azarenka, who will turn 29 on Tuesday, and Muguruza, 24, are former world No. 1s.
   Keys, 23, will meet the survivor of Monday afternoon's match between Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia and qualifier Georgina Garcia Perez of Spain.
   Previously, it was announced that sixth seed and San Francisco resident Serena Williams will play Johanna Konta of Great Britain in a matchup of former Bank of the West champions on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
   Also, Venus Williams will meet either Heather Watson of Great Britain or Claire Liu, an 18-year-old wild card from Thousand Oaks in the Los Angeles region, on Thursday at 7 p.m.
   In today's final round of qualifying, the seventh-seeded Garcia Perez beat Maria Sanchez, a 28-year-old Modesto product, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3).
   Eighth-seeded Amanda Anisimova, 16, of Aventura, Fla., edged second-seeded Anna Blinkova of Russia 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Anisimova is playing in her first tournament after missing four months with a broken foot.
   Here are the Mubadala singles and doubles main draws, complete qualifying draw and Monday's schedule. For more information, visit

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