Three-time Bank of the West Classic finalist and reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has withdrawn from the 2013 event that starts today at Stanford University in Palo Alto due to a hamstring strain.
"During Wimbledon I developed a strain in my hamstring, which has not healed over the past two weeks," said Bartoli.
"I have been receiving therapy and was optimistic that I would be able to participate in the Bank of the West Classic, as it is one of my favorite tournaments on the circuit," Bartoli added. "Unfortunately, the injury has not completely healed and I will be unable to participate."
With the withdrawal former Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette sheds her wild-card status with a stronger position in the main draw. Burdette, who turned professional shortly after last year's Bank of the West Classic, reached the third round of last year's US Open and has risen quickly up the world rankings. She is currently No. 78.
"As a former champion and three time finalist at our event, Marion (Bartoli) has developed quite a following here in the Bay Area so it is unfortunate that she will not be able to attend this year's tournament," said tournament director Kim Hall. "We are still looking forward to a tremendous week of tennis featuring World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone."
Hall added: "We are also excited to be hosting a strong group of up-and-coming American players including Madison Keys, Jamie Hampton, Christina McHale and Stanford's own Mallory Burdette."
The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $795,000. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women's event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
Tickets for the 2013 Bank of the West Classic, which will be held starting Monday and continuing through next Sunday, July 28, at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, can be purchased by calling the box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com.