9 May 2013

Singapore to host WTA showpiece

7:26 am on 9 May 2013

Singapore has pulled off a coup by winning the hosting rights for the glitzy end-of-year Womens Tennis Association Championship for the next five years.

In a major boost for tennis in Asia, the wealthy city-state beat rival bids from China's Tianjin and Monterrey in Mexico for the season-ending WTA event which features the top eight women's singles players, and from next year the eight leading women's doubles combinations.

It will be the Asia-Pacific region's second biggest tennis tournament after the Australian Open.