WTA Showdown Heading to Singapore
The WTA has announced its end-of-season Championships will move away from Istanbul in 2014 and take root in Singapore in a deal that is likely to boost the reputation of women’s tennis.
Held every November, the WTA Championships brings together the eight highest-ranked players on the women’s circuit to compete for a record prize pot of £4.2 million by 2014. Much like the ATP Tour Finals on the men’s scene, these Championships are widely regarded as the fifth Grand Slam; so important is it to the competitors.
Leaving Istanbul for Singapore is a huge move for the WTA and signifies how much the women’s game is developing. Over the past decade, the sport has grown into the Asian markets and with players such as Li Na impressing on the Grand Slam stage, interest in the WTA is predicted to get bigger in the coming years.
For Singapore to bid for and win this prestigious tournament is great news for tennis fans, for the prize fund on offer and the importance of the event itself means we should witness some outstanding tennis at the $1bn Singapore Sports Hub.