Hong Kong to host new WTA tournament
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Hong Kong to host new WTA tournament

The week-long Hong Kong Tennis Open in September 2014 will be played in Victoria Park, the city's major downtown green space, and there are hopes of attracting the international stars of women's tennis.

WTA chief says women
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WTA chief says women 'ready, willing' for five sets

Allaster, chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association, said female competitors would be quite happy to play for as long as the men if asked by the Grand Slam tournaments.

Martina Hingis, Thelma Coyne Long inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame
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Martina Hingis, Thelma Coyne Long inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

Another inductee was Australian legend Long, who is now 94 years old and won a total of 19 Grand Slam titles between the 1930s and 1950s. Hall of Famer Rod Laver accepted Long's award on her behalf.

Top-ranked Serena Williams wins WTA clay opener
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Top-ranked Serena Williams wins WTA clay opener

Williams did not commit a double fault but took full advantage of 12 by Camila Giorgi to win 6-2, 6-3 after 82 minutes in her first match since capturing the WTA Miami crown last Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova in the final.

US Open boosts prize money in new ATP, WTA deal
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US Open boosts prize money in new ATP, WTA deal

The US Tennis Association (USTA) boosted the base prize money for this year's US Open by $4.1 million beyond the $4 million jump announced last December, raising the total to $33.6 million compared to $25.5 million in 2012.

Ayumi Morita closer to first title in Malaysia
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Ayumi Morita closer to first title in Malaysia

Japan's Ayumi Morita edged closer to winning her first ever WTA title after reaching the semi-finals of the BMW Malaysian Open on Friday.

Li Na
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Li Na's ankle recovery slower than hoped

The 31-year-old twisted her ankle twice during her three-set loss to Victoria Azarenka in Melbourne.

Petra Kvitova beats Sara Errani for Dubai Open crown
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Petra Kvitova beats Sara Errani for Dubai Open crown

The fierce-hitting 22-year-old Czech has now won eight of her 10 career titles at Premier or Grand Slam level, a statistic which says something about her capacity for delivering when it matters most.

Serena, Azarenka penalised for late Dubai pullouts
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Serena, Azarenka penalised for late Dubai pullouts

The incidents are a setback for the WTA Roadmap's campaign to reduce the number of player withdrawals, something it appears to have done successfully over the past three years.

Serena aims to catch legends Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert
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Serena aims to catch legends Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert

Some were surprised that it took Williams till now to return to the top of the rankings considering the excellence of her run in the second half of 2012. During this she won two Grand Slam titles, the Olympics, and the WTA Championships season-end title, and captured seven titles altogether.

Victoria Azarenka beats Serena Williams to defend Qatar Open crown
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Victoria Azarenka beats Serena Williams to defend Qatar Open crown

Azarenka can reclaim the top spot in Dubai next week if she reaches the final and Serena does not.

Serena Williams on verge of becoming oldest World No.1 after reaching Qatar Open QF
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Serena Williams on verge of becoming oldest World No.1 after reaching Qatar Open QF

If Serena doesn't make the last four, Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka can keep the top spot by reaching the final.

Czech WTA player Barbora Strycova gets 6-month ban for doping
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Czech WTA player Barbora Strycova gets 6-month ban for doping

Strycova's ban has been backdated from October 16 and all her results, prize money and ranking points since then will be wiped out. She hasn't played on the WTA Tour since then and missed the Australian Open.

Azarenka, Radwanska enter Qatar Open Round 3
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Azarenka, Radwanska enter Qatar Open Round 3

American Sloane Stephens, who upset Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals, lost to Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).

Azarenka clings to WTA number one spot
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Azarenka clings to WTA number one spot

World number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus has seen her lead over American Serena Williams shrink to just 55 points as the latest WTA world rankings were released on Monday.

World No.1 Victoria Azarenka seeks recovery from rough ride
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World No.1 Victoria Azarenka seeks recovery from rough ride

By winning her second Grand Slam title in Melbourne last month, Azarenka displayed a new resilience and clung on to the world number one ranking ahead of Serena Williams.

Sara Errani to face Mona Barthel in Paris Open final
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Sara Errani to face Mona Barthel in Paris Open final

Errani was hardly tested as lucky loser Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands retired injured in the first set when the Italian was leading 5-0.

Top seed Sara Errani reaches Open GDF Suez semifinals
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Top seed Sara Errani reaches Open GDF Suez semifinals

Errani will play Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens in the semifinals of the indoor tournament. Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost in quarters.

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