Birmingham Classic (tennis)

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Tournament information
Founded 1982
Location Birmingham
United Kingdom
Venue Edgbaston Priory Club
Category International
Surface Grass / Outdoors
Draw 56M/32Q/16D
Website [1]
Current champions
Women's singles Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Women's doubles United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears

The Birmingham Classic, currently sponsored by Aegon and formerly known as the DFS Classic, is an International series women's tennis tournament on the WTA Tour held at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Held at this location since 1982, the tournament is played on outdoor grass courts. It is seen as a major warm up tournament for Wimbledon and a sister tournament to the men's Queen's Club Championships.

It was announced in January 2013 that the event would be upgraded to a Premier 500 level tournament from 2014 onwards.

Pam Shriver holds the record for the most singles titles with four (1984–1987 consecutively).

Past finals[edit]

2005 DFS Classic

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score Name
2014 Serbia Ana Ivanovic Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 6–3, 6–2 Aegon Classic
↑  Premier tournament  ↑
2013 Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová Croatia Donna Vekić 7–6(7–5), 6–4
2012 United States Melanie Oudin Serbia Jelena Janković 6–4, 6–2
2011 Germany Sabine Lisicki Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 6–3, 6–2
2010 China Li Na Russia Maria Sharapova 7–5, 6–1
2009 Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková China Li Na 6–0, 7–6(7–2)
2008 Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 7–6(9–7), 3–6, 7–6(7–4) DFS Classic
2007 Serbia Jelena Janković Russia Maria Sharapova 4–6, 6–3, 7–5
2006 Russia Vera Zvonareva United States Jamea Jackson 7–6(14–12), 7–6(7–5)
2005 Russia Maria Sharapova Serbia and Montenegro Jelena Janković 6–2, 4–6, 6–1
2004 Russia Maria Sharapova France Tatiana Golovin 4–6, 6–2, 6–1
2003 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva Japan Shinobu Asagoe 6–1, 6–4
2002 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokic Russia Anastasia Myskina 6–2, 6–3
2001 France Nathalie Tauziat Netherlands Miriam Oremans 6–3, 7–5
2000 United States Lisa Raymond Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 6–2, 6–7(7–9), 6–4
1999 France Julie Halard-Decugis France Nathalie Tauziat 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
1998 Cancelled after quarterfinals due to rain
1997 France Nathalie Tauziat Indonesia Yayuk Basuki 2–6, 6–2, 6–2
1996 United States Meredith McGrath France Nathalie Tauziat 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
1995 United States Zina Garrison-Jackson United States Lori McNeil 6–3, 6–3
1994 United States Lori McNeil United States Zina Garrison-Jackson 6–2, 6–2
1993 United States Lori McNeil United States Zina Garrison-Jackson 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
1992 Netherlands Brenda Schultz Australia Jenny Byrne 6–2, 6–2 Dow Classic
1991 United States Martina Navratilova Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
1990 United States Zina Garrison Czechoslovakia Helena Suková 6–4, 6–1
1989 United States Martina Navratilova United States Zina Garrison 7–6, 6–3
1988 West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Pam Shriver 6–2, 6–1
1987 United States Pam Shriver Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 Dow Chemical Classic
1986 United States Pam Shriver Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–2, 7–6 Edgbaston Cup
1985 United States Pam Shriver United States Betsy Nagelsen 6–1, 6–0
1984 United States Pam Shriver United States Anne White 7–6, 6–3
1983 United States Billie Jean King United States Alycia Moulton 6–0, 7–5
1982 United States Billie Jean King South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank 6–2, 6–1

Champions by Country[edit]

Country Winner First title Last title
 United States (USA) 15 1982 2012
 France (FRA) 3 1997 2001
 Russia (RUS) 3 2004 2006
 Slovakia (SVK) 2 2009 2013
 Serbia (SER) 2 2007 2014
 West Germany (FRG) 1 1988 1988
 Yugoslavia (YUG) 1 2002 2002
 Bulgaria (BUL) 1 2003 2003
 Ukraine (UKR) 1 2008 2008
 China (CHN) 1 2010 2010
 Germany (GER) 1 2011 2011

Doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score Name
2014 United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
Australia Ashleigh Barty
Australia Casey Dellacqua
7–6(7–1), 6–1 Aegon Classic
↑  Premier tournament  ↑
2013 Australia Ashleigh Barty
Australia Casey Dellacqua
Zimbabwe Cara Black
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
7–5, 6–4
2012 Hungary Tímea Babos
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
7–5, 6–7(2–7), [10–8]
2011 Belarus Olga Govortsova
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
1–6, 6–1, [10–5]
2010 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Lisa Raymond
United States Liezel Huber
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
6–3, 3–2, RET
2009 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
6–1, 6–4
2008 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
France Séverine Brémond
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–2, 6–1 DFS Classic
2007 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chia-Jung Chuang
China Sun Tiantian
United States Meilen Tu
7–6(7–3), 6–3
2006 Serbia and Montenegro Jelena Janković
China Li Na
United States Jill Craybas
South Africa Liezel Huber
6–2, 6–4
2005 Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Greece Eleni Daniilidou
United States Jennifer Russell
6–2, 6–3
2004 Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Maria Sharapova
Australia Lisa McShea
Venezuela Milagros Sequera
6–2, 6–1
2003 Belgium Els Callens
United States Meilen Tu
Australia Alicia Molik
United States Martina Navratilova
7–5, 6–4
2002 Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Belgium Els Callens
United States Kimberly Po-Messerli
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–3
2001 Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
United States Kimberly Po-Messerli
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–1, 6–2
2000 Australia Rachel McQuillan
Australia Lisa McShea
Zimbabwe Cara Black
Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
1999 United States Corina Morariu
Latvia Larisa Neiland
France Alexandra Fusai
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
6–4, 6–4
1998 Belgium Els Callens
France Julie Halard-Decugis
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
1997 United States Katrina Adams
Latvia Larisa Neiland
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Linda Wild
6–2, 6–3
1996 Australia Elizabeth Smylie
United States Linda Wild
United States Lori McNeil
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
1995 Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Australia Rennae Stubbs
Australia Nicole Bradtke
Australia Kristine Radford
3–6, 6–4, 6–4
1994 United States Zina Garrison-Jackson
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Australia Catherine Barclay
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
6–4, 6–4
1993 United States Lori McNeil
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–3, 6–4
1992 United States Lori McNeil
Australia Rennae Stubbs
United States Sandy Collins
South Africa Elna Reinach
5–7, 6–3, 8–6 Dow Classic
1991 Australia Nicole Provis
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
United States Sandy Collins
South Africa Elna Reinach
6–3, 6–4
1990 Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko-Neiland
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
United States Gretchen Magers
South Africa Lise Gregory
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
1989 Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
United States Meredith McGrath
United States Pam Shriver
7–5, 5–7, 6–0
1988 Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
Soviet Union Leila Meskhi
Soviet Union Svetlana Parkhomenko
6–4, 6–1
1987 Cancelled due to rain Dow Chemical Classic
1986 United States Elise Burgin
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 6–4 Edgbaston Cup
1985 United States Terry Holladay
United States Sharon Walsh-Pete
United States Elise Burgin
United States Alycia Moulton
6–4, 5–7, 6–3
1984 United States Leslie Allen
United States Anne White
United States Barbara Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Sayers
7–6, 6–3
1983 United States Billie Jean King
United States Sharon Walsh
South Africa Beverly Mould
Australia Elizabeth Sayers
6–2, 6–4
1982 United Kingdom Jo Durie
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–2

Champions by Country[edit]

Country Winner First title Last title
 United States (USA) 20 1983 2014
 Australia (AUS) 7 1991 2013
 Soviet Union (URS) 6 1988 1990
 Russia (RUS) 4 2001 2011
 Zimbabwe (ZIM) 4 2001 2010
 Belgium (BEL) 3 1998 2003
 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 3 2007 2012
 Great Britain (GBR) 2 1982 1982
 Latvia (LAT) 2 1997 1999
 Japan (JPN) 2 2002 2005
 South Africa (RSA) 1 1986 1986
 France (FRA) 1 1998 1998
 Slovakia (SVK) 1 2005 2005
 China (CHN) 1 2006 2006
 Serbia and Montenegro (SCG) 1 2006 2006
 Belarus (BLR) 1 2011 2011
 Hungary (HUN) 1 2012 2012

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°27′30″N 1°54′46″W / 52.45833°N 1.91278°W / 52.45833; -1.91278