The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, or just the Silicon Valley Classic is an annual week-long tennis tournament that is held in San Jose, California, United States. The tournament is known for being the oldest all-women’s tournament and its outdoor hard court pitches. It is a part of the WTA Premier tournaments and will feature in the 2018 WTA Tour. The first edition of the tournament was held in 1971 and has undergone several renamings and found different new sponsors. Martina Navratilova holds the record for winning the most number singles titles: five, a title each in 1979, 1980, 1988, 1991, and 1993.
The tournament is sponsored by the Mubadala Investment Company, which only acquired its sponsorship this year. Initially, the tournament was called the British Motor Cars Invitation and was renamed to Virginia Slims San Francisco till 1978. After a hiatus in 1978, the tournament was renamed to Avon Championships and then to Virginia Slims of California. From 1992 to 2016, the tournament was known as the Bank of the West Classic.
The week long tournament starts from 30th July 2018 to 5th August 2018. The 2018 edition of the tournament is the 47th edition of the tournament.
From 2018 onwards, the Silicon Valley Classic will be held at the sports complex of the San Jose State University, Previously, it was held at the Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
The singles title is going to be defended by Madison Keys of the United States while the doubles title is held by the American duo of Abigail Spears and Coco Vandeweghe.
Players to Watch Out For
World No. 12 Madison Keys will be looking to defend her title, while the sisters Venus Williams and Serena Williams will also be raring to go. However, there will be no Maria Sharapova at the Silicon Valley Classic.