Singapore grabs WTA Championships in record deal

It is also a major addition to the portfolio of sports events in Singapore, which bills itself as an Asian events capital, alongside its Formula One grand prix and international golf tournaments.

updated: May 09, 2013 08:50 IST
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Singapore: Singapore Wednesday won the right to host the showpiece WTA Championships from 2014 in a record five-year deal which looks set to give a huge boost to tennis in Asia.

The wealthy Southeast Asian city-state beat rival bids from China's Tianjin and Monterrey in Mexico for the season finale, which next year will boast a purse of $6.5 million, its largest ever.

The arrival of the tournament, the biggest in the Asia-Pacific region after the Australian Open Grand Slam, comes with Asian tennis still expanding on the back of Li Na's historic French Open win in 2011.

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