Stanford, CA (Sports Network) - Eighth seed Marina Erakovic was an easy
opening-round winner Tuesday at the $740,000 Bank of the West Classic tennis
Erakovic, of New Zealand, zipped past Slovak Jana Juricova 6-2, 6-2 on the
hardcourts at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
American teenager Nicole Gibbs advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Thai
qualifier Noppawan Lertcheewakarn. The 19-year-old Gibbs, who entered the draw
as a wild card this week, will face Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in her
Also, Japanese qualifier Erika Sema erased American lucky-loser Alexa Glatch
This week's top seed is the aforementioned Williams, who beat Marion
Bartoli, this week's second seed, in last year's Stanford finale. Bartoli
titled here in 2009 and was also a runner-up in 2008.
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