Thunderbird Classic (tennis)

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Thunderbird Classic
Defunct tennis tournament
Event name Virginia Slims Thunderbird Classic (1971–72)
Virginia Slims of Phoenix (1973–74)
Thunderbird Classic (1975–80)
Tour WTA Tour
Founded 1971
Abolished 1980
Editions 10
Location Phoenix, United States
Surface Hard

The Thunderbird Classic is a defunct WTA Tour affiliated tennis tournament played from 1971 to 1980. It was held in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States and played on indoor hard courts in 1971 and 1976 and outdoor hard courts from 1972 to 1975 and 1977 to 1980.

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Results

Singles

YearChampionRunner-up Score
1971 Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Casals 7–5, 6–1
1972 Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King Flag of Australia.svg Margaret Smith Court 7–6(7–3), 6–3
1973 Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Richey Gunter 6–1, 6–3
1974 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Virginia Wade Flag of Australia.svg Helen Gourlay 6–1, 6–2
1975 Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Richey Gunter Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Virginia Wade 4–6, 7–5, 6–4
1976 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Evert Flag of Australia.svg Dianne Fromholtz 6–1, 7–5
1977 Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King Flag of Australia.svg Wendy Turnbull 1–6, 6–1, 6–0
1978 Flag of the United States.svg Martina Navratilova Flag of the United States.svg Tracy Austin 6–4, 6–2
1979 Flag of the United States.svg Martina Navratilova Flag of the United States.svg Chris Evert 6–1, 6–3
1980 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Regina Maršíková Flag of Australia.svg Wendy Turnbull 7–6(10–8), 7–6(7–3)

Doubles

YearChampionRunner-up Score
1971 Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Casals
Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King
Flag of France.svg Françoise Dürr
Flag of Australia.svg Judy Tegart Dalton
6–3, 6–2
1972 Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Casals
Flag of the United States.svg Wendy Overton
Flag of France.svg Françoise Dürr
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Betty Stöve
6–4, 6–3
1973 Flag of Australia.svg Kerry Harris
Flag of Australia.svg Kerry Melville
Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Casals
Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King
6–4, 6–4
1974 Flag of France.svg Françoise Dürr
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Betty Stöve
Flag of the United States.svg Mona Schallau
Flag of the United States.svg Pam Teeguarden
6–3, 5–7, 6–3
1975 Flag of France.svg Françoise Dürr
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Betty Stöve
Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Casals
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martina Navratilova
6–7, 6–4, 6–0
1976 Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Betty Stöve
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Linky Boshoff
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Ilana Kloss
6–2, 6–1
1977 Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King
Flag of the United States.svg Martina Navratilova
Flag of Australia.svg Helen Gourlay Cawley
Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Russell
6–1, 7–5
1978 Flag of the United States.svg Tracy Austin
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Betty Stöve
Flag of the United States.svg Martina Navratilova
Flag of the United States.svg Anne Smith
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
1979 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Betty Stöve
Flag of Australia.svg Wendy Turnbull
Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Casals
Flag of the United States.svg Chris Evert
6–4, 7–6
1980 Flag of the United States.svg Pam Shriver
Flag of the United States.svg Paula Smith
Flag of the United States.svg Ann Kiyomura
Flag of the United States.svg Candy Reynolds
6–0, 6–4

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