The Bank of the West Classic starts today at Stanford University.
World No. 46 Daniela Hantuchova, in her ninth Bank of the West Classic, is hoping to build on recent success. She's already in town and participated in the draw at the Stanford Shopping Center on Friday.
Gibbs lost to fifth-seeded Shelby Rogers, 6-2, 6-0, in the quarterfinal of the Oregon Challenger in Portland on Friday. The unseeded Gibbs, currently ranked 205th, advanced into the quarters after beating second-seeded Misaki Doi of Japan, 6-4, 6-4, on Thursday.
Burdette, currently ranked 78th, has been training since dropping a three-set match to Urszula Radwanska in the Round of 128 at Wimbledon.
Burdette and Gibbs each received a wild card into the main draw, which begins Monday, with sessions beginning at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The tournament continues through next Sunday.
Burdette (19-13 on the year) will face Italy's Francesca Schiavone (17-16) in the first round while Gibbs (14-5) drew The Netherlands' Kiki Bertens (15-16). Schiavone ranks 59th and Bertens ranks No. 66.
Should Burdette advance, she would meet top-seeded and No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round. Burdette lost, 6-3, 6-4, to Radwanska in the second round of the French Open.
A Gibbs victory would match her against No. 4 seed Jamie Hampton, ranked 29th, who will be playing her first tour event as a seeded player.
Burdette made her first appearance at the Bank of the West last year, winning her first round match before losing to current Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli.
Gibbs is 3-3 at the Bank of the West, though she's appeared in the main draw just once, winning her first round match last year before losing to top-ranked Serena Williams.
Williams and Bartoli had to withdraw from this year's event, meaning there will be a new champion crowned. No one in the current field has won at Stanford.
Hantuchova is a career 7-8 at Stanford, appearing in her first Classic in 2003. She's played against some of the top players of this generation at Taube, including former Bank of the West champions Kim Clijsters, Aleksandra Wozniak and Anna Chakvetadze and former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova.
She won her sixth career title at Birmingham on June 15, beating Donna Vekic.
"I feel like I have nothing to prove now any more and I can just enjoy playing the most beautiful sport in the world," Hantuchova said. "I had been playing for too many other people and not for myself. I'm enjoying the process and I can see the results on the court."
Hantuchova has reached the semifinal twice at Stanford and has appeared in five quarterfinal matches.
"I love playing here," she said. "It is one of my favorite tournaments."
It's also the start of the hardcourt season and U.S. Open Series, which carries into September's U.S. Open in New York, the last of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Hantuchova has the distinction of being one of three women to win a mixed doubles title at all four Grand Slam events.
Hantuchova, a native of Slovakia and current resident of Monte Carlo, opens the Bank of the West against Belgium's Yania Wickmayer, ranked 23rd.
Wickmayer reached the semifinal of the U.S. Open in 2009 and has won three singles titles, the last in an ITF event in Belgium in June of 2010, though she has reached three finals since.
Qualifying began Saturday, with Ahn taking on Abigail Spears in the first match inside the stadium, followed by Hardebeck taking on Petra Rampre. Tan faces No. 8 seed Sachie Ishizu in the second match scheduled for court six.
For ticket information, visit the Bank of the West website.
Men's Pro Tennis
At the Levene Gouldin and Thompson Tennis Challenger at Recreation Park in Binghamton, N.Y., Stanford grad Bradley Klahn reached the semifinal with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, victory over India's Sanam Singh on Friday.
The fifth-seeded Klahn, a former NCAA singles champion, and New Zealand's Michael Venus won their semifinal doubles match, 6-2, 7-5, over Americans Jason Jung and Evan King on Friday and will meet top-seeded Adam Feeney and John-Patrick Smith of Australia in Sunday's final.