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Upcoming Tournaments

Brisbane International

Brisbane International

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
Jan 04 - Jan 10
Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen, CHINA
Jan 04 - Jan 10
ASB Classic

ASB Classic

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Jan 05 - Jan 10
Apia International Sydney

Apia International Sydney

Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Jan 11 - Jan 16
Hobart International

Hobart International

Hobart, AUSTRALIA
Jan 11 - Jan 17
Australian Open

Australian Open

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Jan 19 - Jan 31
Aegon Classic

Aegon Classic

Birmingham, GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 09 - Jun 15

Tournament Info

Tier: Premier
Prize Money: $710,000
Surface: Grass
Director: Patrick Hughesman
The transition from clay to grass on the calendar is swift, with the Aegon Classic coming on the heels of the French Open. Many WTA stars descend upon Birmingham, Britain's most populated city outside of London, to compete for the Maud Watson Trophy and to prepare for Wimbledon.

Previous winners include Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King - who was Birmingham's inaugural champion in 1982 and collected the last of her 67 Open Era singles titles here in 1983 - and more recently, Jelena Jankovic, Li Na, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova, who in 2004 became the only player to capture Birmingham and Wimbledon in the same year. Pam Shriver has the most titles in tournament history, having secured four consecutive from 1984 to 1987. Larisa Neiland leads in doubles with six titles.

The Aegon Classic, which is being upgraded from International to Premier level in 2013, is hosted less than a mile from the Birmingham city center at the Edgbaston Priory Club, a 12-acre private members facility that includes 29 tennis courts and 10 squash courts. It is one of the country's largest and most popular racquet and leisure clubs. On top of that, the origins of the modern game of lawn tennis are believed to have started in Edgbaston as early as 1859.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2014 Ana Ivanovic Raquel Kops-Jones / Abigail Spears
2013 Daniela Hantuchova Casey Dellacqua / Ashleigh Barty
2012 Melanie Oudin Su-Wei Hsieh / Timea Babos
2011 Sabine Lisicki Olga Govortsova / Alla Kudryavtseva
2010 Na Li Cara Black / Lisa Raymond
2009 Magdalena Rybarikova Cara Black / Liezel Huber
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  • Your Say: Naming Stosur's Four Ace Game

    June 18, 2014
    Last week, Sam Stosur won a game against Christina McHale at love with four straight aces, and we realized that feat didn't have a tennis nickname. So we asked you - here's what you chose!
  • Zahlavova Strycova's Surprise Success

    June 16, 2014
    Barbora Zahlavova Strycova enjoyed a dramatic return to form in Birmingham and is now eyeing up success on a grander stage.
  • Ivanovic Wins First Grass Court Title

    June 15, 2014
    Ana Ivanovic captured her first grass court title - and her biggest WTA title since winning the French Open - at the Premier-level Aegon Classic in Birmingham.
  • Tennis Stars Rally For Bally

    June 15, 2014
    Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova were just a few of the WTA stars taking courts around the UK for charity at Rally For Bally, in honor of Elena Baltacha.
  • Kops-Jones & Spears Conquer Birmingham

    June 15, 2014
    Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears overcame a challenge from defending champs Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua to win the Aegon Classic.
  • Big Day In Birmingham On Sunday

    June 14, 2014
    Ana Ivanovic and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will fight for the Aegon Classic title on Sunday, and a slew of current and former tennis stars will Rally For Bally.
  • Ivanovic Eyes Up First Title On Grass

    June 14, 2014
    A run of nine straight games helped Ana Ivanovic overcome a bright start from Zhang Shuai and book her place in the final of the Aegon Classic.
  • Zahlavova Strycova Into Birmingham Final

    June 14, 2014
    Barbora Zahlavova Strycova overcame Casey Dellacqua - and several rain delays - to reach her first WTA final for nearly two years.
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  • Birmingham Gallery: The Best Of Finals Day

    June 15, 2014
    Ana Ivanovic put in a classic performance en route to her first WTA grass court title at the Aegon Classic.
  • Birmingham Gallery: Grass Court Masterclass

    June 14, 2014
    The stars of the WTA have been showing off their grass court prowess all week at the Aegon Classic - see 15 of the best pics from the Premier-level event here.
  • Birmingham Gallery: Dani Vs Donna

    June 16, 2013
    Daniela Hantuchova and Donna Vekic played each other for the very first time in the final of the Aegon Classic on Sunday - in a battle between youth and experience, it was experience that triumphed.
  • Birmingham Gallery: Chocolate Heaven

    June 14, 2013
    Johanna Konta, Tamira Paszek and Urszula Radwanska are among the WTA stars keeping up appearances off the court in Birmingham, making - and sampling - the goods at Cadbury World.
  • Birmingham Gallery: Ann Jones Centre Court

    June 11, 2013
    An all-star doubles exhibition took place in Birmingham to christen the newly-named Ann Jones Centre Court. Ann Jones herself was present - who are the four players in the exhibition?
  • Birmingham Gallery: Gorillas & Bracelets

    June 11, 2013
    The WTA stars have been shining off of the court in Birmingham, including Tamira Paszek judging best dressed window displays and Heather Watson visiting a very special charity. Check it out!
  • Birmingham Gallery: Gloomy Mondays...

    June 11, 2012
    Fun has begun off the court at the AEGON Classic, but Monday was a gloomy day on the court.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2014 Ana Ivanovic Raquel Kops-Jones / Abigail Spears
2013 Daniela Hantuchova Casey Dellacqua / Ashleigh Barty
2012 Melanie Oudin Su-Wei Hsieh / Timea Babos
2011 Sabine Lisicki Olga Govortsova / Alla Kudryavtseva
2010 Na Li Cara Black / Lisa Raymond
2009 Magdalena Rybarikova Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2008 Kateryna Bondarenko Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2007 Jelena Jankovic Chia-Jung Chuang / Yung-Jan Chan
2006 Vera Zvonareva Jelena Jankovic / Na Li
2005 Maria Sharapova Daniela Hantuchova / Ai Sugiyama
2004 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova / Maria Kirilenko
2003 Magdalena Maleeva Els Callens / Meilen Tu
2002 Jelena Dokic Shinobu Asagoe / Els Callens
2001 Nathalie Tauziat Cara Black / Elena Likhovtseva
2000 Lisa Raymond Rachel McQuillan / Lisa McShea
1999 Julie Halard-Decugis Corina Morariu / Larisa Neiland
1998 Steffi Graf Els Callens / Julie Halard-Decugis
1997 Nathalie Tauziat Katrina Adams / Larisa Neiland
1996 Meredith McGrath Linda Wild / Elizabeth Smylie
1995 Zina Garrison Manon Bollegraf / Rennae Stubbs
1994 Lori McNeil Zina Garrison / Larisa Neiland
1993 Lori McNeil Lori McNeil / Martina Navratilova
1992 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy Lori McNeil / Rennae Stubbs
1991 Martina Navratilova Nicole Bradtke / Elizabeth Smylie
1990 Zina Garrison Larisa Neiland / Natasha Zvereva
1989 Martina Navratilova Larisa Neiland / Natasha Zvereva
1988 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Larisa Neiland / Natasha Zvereva
1987 Pam Shriver Belinda Cordwell / Anne Harris
1986 Pam Shriver Elise Burgin / Rosalyn Nideffer
1985 Pam Shriver Terry Holladay / Sharon Walsh
1984 Pam Shriver Leslie Allen / Anne White
1983 Billie Jean King Billie Jean King / Sharon Walsh
1982 Billie Jean King Jo Durie / Anne Hobbs
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