STANFORD, Calif. (www.mubadalasvc.com) – All eyes will be fixed on Stadium Court of the Taube Family Tennis Center on Sunday at 2:00 PM as 17-time Grand Slam champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams puts her 12-match Stanford winning streak on the line against World No. 8 Angelique Kerber for the Bank of the West Classic title.
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Williams and Kerber will face each other for sixth time on Sunday afternoon, with Williams holding a 4-1 advantage over the 26-year-old from Poland. They last faced off in Miami earlier this year in which Williams won 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Sony Open semifinals.
Seeking her 61st career WTA title and her third Bank of the West Classic title, the top player in the world will spend her 200th non-consecutive week at No. 1 in the WTA rankings next week, regardless of Sunday’s outcome. She has already won three titles in 2014 and she owns an incredible 60-17 lifetime record in finals matches. If Williams were to win on Sunday, she would be just six titles away from tying Billie Jean King for 6th on the all-time titles list.
Kerber is a three-time WTA title winner and will be looking to make her Bank of the West Classic debut one to remember. She defeated Coco Vandeweghe, Garbine Muguruza and Varvara Lepchenko en route to her fourth final of 2014 and will be looking to capture her first title since 2012.
The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women's event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who's Who of women's tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
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ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $710,000. Held on Stanford University’s campus at Taube Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Founded in 1874, $68 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with 190,000 employees.
ABOUT THE EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 11th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won the 2013 US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s and women’s titles, each earning a record tennis paycheck of $3.6 million. Roger Federer (2007) and Kim Clijsters (2005) also accomplished the feat of winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open singles title within the same year.