Konta Captures Bank of The West Classic Title
25 Jul, 2016
* Article and Photos by Cindy Maram *
In Sunday’s Bank of The West Classic Championship match third-seeded British tennis player Johanna Konta captured the 2016 title in 3 sets, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, against highlighted favorite Venus Williams. Konta was the highest-ranked player without a WTA title to enter the tournament. And this was her first career final following the semifinals at the Australian Open and Eastbourne.
The match, which spanned two hours and 18 minutes, was a battle as Konta, who served 11 aces, took the first set with Williams fighting back to win the second. Konta clearly dominated the third and deciding set as she kept her momentum going to close out the championship. Williams was chasing her 50th career singles title as she had captured the trophy for the first time in 2000.Regarding WTA rankings following the Stanford tournament, Konta is projected to rise to No. 14 and Williams is projected to climb to No. 6.
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 $846,000. 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 BANK OF THE WEST: Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $77.2 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 23 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees.
ABOUT THE EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES: The world’s best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the Emirates Airline US Open Series, now in its 13th season. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the Emirates Airline US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis. In 2014, Serena Williams won the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s title for the second consecutive year, earning a record tennis paycheck of $4 million. Rafael Nadal (2013), 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.