Hantuchova, Schiavone Also Join Women’s Field; Men’s Pre-Qualifying Field Set
World No. 5 and 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has been added to the women’s field at the 2007 Pacific Life Open, to be held March 5-18, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Kuznetsova, who had a fantastic year in 2006 winning three titles (Miami, Bali, Beijing) in addition to reaching the French Open finals, has replaced Sania Mirza who had to withdraw due to a right knee injury. She has followed 2006 with a strong start this year reaching the quarterfinals at Paris and semifinals at Dubai.
In addition to Kuznetsova, World No. 18 and 2002 Pacific Life Open champion Daniela Hantuchova and World No. 20 Francesca Schiavone have joined the women’s field due to withdrawals by Elena Bovina and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.
In the men’s main draw, Bjorn Phau has been added to the field due to the withdrawal of Gaston Gaudio. Qualifying draw wildcards have been awarded to Phillip Simonds and Scott Oudsema with one remaining, which will be given to the winner of the men’s pre-qualifying tournament.
The pre-qualifying tournament will feature challenge round winner Dusan Vemic versus Tyler Cleveland on Monday, March 5 at Noon on Court 8. Immediately following that match will be AJ Bartlett versus Jeff Salzenstein. The winners will advance to the finals on Tuesday, March 6 at Noon on Court 8.
About the Pacific Life Open
The 2007 Pacific Life Open will feature No. 1 ranked men’s and women’s players in the world, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, who will return to defend their Pacific Life Open titles, top-ranked Americans James Blake and Andy Roddick, defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal, five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis, 2006 Pacific Life Open finalist Elena Dementieva, and world No. 7 Nadia Petrova. For information on tickets or travel packages call 800-999-1585 or visit PacificLifeOpen.com.
About Pacific Life
Founded in 1868, Pacific Life provides life insurance products, individual annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as clients1 and is a member of Insurance Marketplace Standards Association (IMSA), whose membership promotes high ethical standards for the sale of individual life insurance and annuities. For additional information about Pacific Life, including its current financial strength ratings from A.M. Best, Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s, and Moody’s, visit the company Web site at www.PacificLife.com. 1 Data compiled by Pacific Life using the FORTUNE 500 list as of April 2006.