By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Garbiñe Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys, Anastasita Pavlyuchenkova
- 2016 Champion: Johanna Konta
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STANFORD, CALIFORNIA USA – With last year’s champion out of the frame can top seed Garbiñe Muguruza back up her Wimbledon win with a third WTA Tour Level hard court title, or will wildcard Maria Sharapova steal the show?
Bank of the West Classic Draw & Results
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The Top Seeds
 Garbiñe Muguruza
It’s been a rum old year for the newly crowned Wimbledon champion. For most of the clay court season, she looked uncomfortable at the mounting pressure and questioning about her defending her Roland Garros title, and last year had not eve come close to repeating her run to the Wimbledon final.
Yet despite the most uncomfortable-looking of coaching time-outs whenever main coach Sam Sumyk is in charge, she has actually had a fair year, and with Conchita Martinez stepping into the breach while Sumyk was awaiting the birth of his child, Muguruza seemed to be forging ahead in confidence.
She reached the quarter-final in Stanford on her debut in 2014, but has not been back since, but is opting to get some match-play under her belt before the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati double header leading into the US Open.
 Petra Kvitova
Will he fairy tale continue for the popular Czech? The decision to get the media circus over and done with at Roland Garros proved to be a wise one. It was an emotional start for the Czech, and when she baked it up with a win in Birmingham, she was many people’s favourite for the Wimbledon title, but she lost in the second round.
She will be making her debut in Stanford. Perhaps the lesson learned here is to dial down the expectation while she continues to make her comeback after the knife attack in her home, that threatened her career.
 Madison Keys
Keys’ return from injury on the grass was short lived with a second round exit at Wimbledon, but coming in as the No. 3 seed, she returns to see if she can better her first two attempts (2013, 2015) with second round exits previously.
She feels pain-free after a number of injuries throughout her career, and with the US hard court swing getting underway, she will want to make an impression.
If Pavlyuchenkova can start her US hard court summer in the same way as she played through the spring, she will probably be quite happy. She beat former World No. 1 in Monterrey for the title, having reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and Indian Wells. She is another player making her debut in Stanford this year.
The Bank of the West Classic takes place between 31 July – 6 August.
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