The women's U.S. Open series kicked off on Monday at Stanford, as the first day's worth of matches in the first round of the 2012 Bank of the West Classic took place.
The top four seeds in the tournament, including defending champion Serena Williams, received byes to the second round, which begins Wednesday.
Monday's play featured first-round singles matches. Fifth seed Yanina Wickmeyer defeated Kai-Chen Chang in three sets, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal eliminated Australian player Jarmila Gajdosova, also in three sets, on scores of 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. The final early match saw U.S. player Grace Min bested by No. 6 seed Chanelle Scheepers of Russia in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
In the two late matches, Heather Watson defeated U.S. player Sloane Stephens in three sets, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-1, while in the nightcap, Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. beat Melinda Czink in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
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