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.

Serena Williams beats Li Na in final to win fourth WTA Championships title
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Serena Williams beats Li Na in final to win fourth WTA Championships title

Williams collected her 11th title of the year and became the first player to defend the title since Justine Henin in 2007.

Jelena Jankovic questions Serena Williams
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Jelena Jankovic questions Serena Williams' sportsmanship

Serena Williams, who claims to be exhausted near the end of a long season, reacted with fretful worrying, and sometimes distracting behaviour while struggling to a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 two-hour win over Jelena Jankovic.

WTA Championships: Tearful Serena Williams sets up Li Na final clash
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WTA Championships: Tearful Serena Williams sets up Li Na final clash

The world No.1 overcame physical difficulties, emotional distress as well as a stubborn opponent in Jelena Jankovic before reaching the final of the WTA Championships with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win.

Li Na beats Victoria Azarenka to enter WTA Championships semifinals
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Li Na beats Victoria Azarenka to enter WTA Championships semifinals

The fourth-seeded Li Na will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who came from behind to beat Angelique Kerber 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3.

Serena Williams sweeps into WTA Championships semifinals
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Serena Williams sweeps into WTA Championships semifinals

Serena Williams was relentlessly focussed against 2011 winner Petra Kvitova, hitting 27 winners and 11 immaculately delivered aces.

Li Na closes in on WTA Championships semi-finals after win over Jelena Jankovic
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Li Na closes in on WTA Championships semi-finals after win over Jelena Jankovic

Li Na is already the first Chinese singles player to have won a Grand Slam title and to have reached the world's top five.

Victoria Azarenka shocked by Jelena Jankovic in WTA Championships
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Victoria Azarenka shocked by Jelena Jankovic in WTA Championships

The world number two from Belarussia admits to having become over-tired near the end of the season, and once the intelligent and strongly-focussed Jankovic had tenaciously clung to her break to take the first set she began to make steady progress.

Serena Williams makes speedy start to title defence at WTA Championships
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Serena Williams makes speedy start to title defence at WTA Championships

The world number one from the United States took little more than an hour and allowed only four games to Angelique Kerber, who beat her in Cincinnati last year but who was now outplayed almost from the moment she dropped serve in her opening service game.

Maria Sharapova pulls out of season-ending WTA Championships
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Maria Sharapova pulls out of season-ending WTA Championships

The 26-year-old Russian -- presently number three in the world -- had had to withdraw from the US Open on the eve of the tournament because of the injury and owing to a previous hip problem has played just one match since a second round exit at Wimbledon in June.

Li Na qualifies for year-end WTA Championships
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Li Na qualifies for year-end WTA Championships

The world number five booked her place in next month's WTA Championships in Istanbul featuring the top eight women's players.

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.

Wimbledon 2013: Serena Williams crushes Mandy Minella, enters Round 2
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Wimbledon 2013: Serena Williams crushes Mandy Minella, enters Round 2

The victory was also Serena's 75th in her last 78 matches, a run that stretches back to her shock first round departure at Roland Garros in 2012

Singapore grabs WTA Championships in record deal
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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.

Maria Sharapova makes winning start in Madrid
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Maria Sharapova makes winning start in Madrid

The Russian, who won the French Open on clay last year, brought a 16-match winning streak on the surface into Madrid and was strongly favoured to coast past a player who has been dogged by knee injuries.

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.

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