Silicon Valley Classic’s main-draw play begins Monday

Coco Vandeweghe, a finalist in the tournament two years ago, will compete in the featured match at 7 p.m. Monday as play begins in the main draw of the Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose State.

Vandeweghe, with two WTA titles and more than $7.2 million in career earnings, will open against Marie Bouzkova, who is 98th in the WTA rankings.

Vandeweghe fell to Madison Keys in the 2017 final of the tournament, then known as the Bank of the West Classic and played at Stanford, after winning her first four matches in straight sets.

Bouzkova, 21, has yet to win a WTA title.

Venus Williams will debut Tuesday against Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

The top four seeds in the 28-player field — seventh-ranked Elina Svitolina, No. 10 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 20 Elise Mertens and No. 23 Amanda Anisimova — received first-round byes.

Four players advanced to the main field in qualifying matches Sunday, including Stanford alum Kristie Ahn. Also moving into the main field were Timea Babos — a three-time singles champion on the WTA tour — Mayo Hibi and Harmony Tan.

Gauff advances: Coco Gauff, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon this month, advanced to the main draw at the Citi Open in Washington.

Gauff, 15, picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Hiroko Kuwata and will face Zarina Dyas in a first-round match.

Other tournaments: Jil Teichmann beat top-seeded Kiki Bertens 7-6 (3), 6-2 to win the Palermo (Sicily) Ladies Open. … Top-seeded Anastasia Sevastova topped Katarzyna Kawa 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 for the title in the Baltic Open in Jurmala, Latvia. … Defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Hamburg (Germany) European Open. … In Gstaad, Albert Ramos-Vinolas topped Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3, 6-2 to win the Swiss Open.

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