STANFORD -- Serena Williams, who attracted worldwide headlines by her bizarre exit from a Wimbledon doubles match this month, will return to the court July 30 at 7 p.m. for her opening round match at Stanford's Bank of the West Classic, tournament officials announced Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the tournament because of a hamstring injury.
"I was really looking forward to making my debut at the Bank of the West Classic because I have heard such great things about the tournament," Kvitova said in a statement released by the tournament. "But unfortunately the hamstring injury I had through Wimbledon needs a little more time to recover. I will continue to work hard to be back in shape for the rest of the U.S. Open Series."
Williams, who won the Bank of the West in 2011 and 2012, caused a stir in early July when she became eerily disoriented during a second-round doubles match with her older sister, Venus, and was unable to continue.
Wimbledon officials later said Williams was suffering from a viral illness.
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