Serena Williams headed to Stanford for Bank of the West


World No. 1 and defending tournament champion Serena Williams will return to defend her title at the Bank of the West Classic, set for Aug. 3-9 at Stanford University's Taube Family Tennis Center.

Williams, who has won three of the past four singles titles at Stanford, followed up her 2014 Bank of the West Classic title by claiming her sixth U.S. Open title. At the time, that tied Williams with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert for the second most Grand Slam singles titles (18) in the open era.

Williams surpassed them when she notched her sixth Australian Open victory earlier this year, bringing her career total to 19 and within three of Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.

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 the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

Individual session tickets are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497).

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