Bank of the West Tennis Classic Championship
The Bank of the West tennis Classis is a tennis tournament which is played over a week. It is a tennis championship organised by the WTA for women tennis players. The venue for this erstwhile tennis tournament is the campus of the Stanford University, California. It is generally held in the month of July but does not have a fixed date as such. The last edition of the Bank of the West tennis Classic was held in 2008 from July 14 to July 20. It is the oldest women’s only tennis tournament and played on the outdoor hard courts. It is the first tournament in the Annual US Open Series.
The Bank of the West tennis Classic is the only tournament which features female tennis players only. The championship is played on hard-court and does not feature the men’s leg of the sport. This tournament constitutes the initiation of the US Open series which is one of the annual Grand Slams. It was first started in 1971. One of the greatest women’s tennis players, Martina Navratilova, is the only player to have won five of these titles in the years 1979-80, 1988, 1991 and finally 1993. The defending champion is Aleksandra Wozniak from Canada who defeated Marion Bartoli in the finals.