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Women's Tennis Association

Start of something big for Hong Kong tennis

The long wait for a fully sanctioned professional tennis tournament is over thanks to the government. It has coughed up US$2 million as a one-off grant to the Hong Kong Tennis Association to buy an event sanctioned by the Women's Tennis Association.

Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 4:41am

HKTA lands professional women's tennis event with US$2m grant

Home Affairs Bureau deputy secretary Jonathan McKinley confirmed that US$2 million had been given to the Hong Kong Tennis Association, which has struck a deal with the world governing body of women's tennis to stage a WTA Tier III tournament the week after next year's US Open.

12 Feb 2013 - 10:49am

Tennis star Li Na targets new Hong Kong Open next year

The Hong Kong Open will be staged from September 8 next year, a week after the US Open finishes in New York - a fact that will increase the chances of local fans seeing Li in action. The Hong Kong event has been given "International" status by the Women's Tennis Association, which places it one rung below the organisation's top-level "Premier" events, which in turn sit below the grand slams.

1 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Beijing conference focuses on economy

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Showpiece tournament seeks HK$5.5m bailout

Hong Kong's top international tournament, the Women's Champions Challenge, has gone cap in hand to the government after Indian diamond manufacturers, the JB Group, pulled out as title sponsors.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Total lack of support means it's all 'special events' from here

A goddess on a mountain top

Burning like a silver flame

The summit of beauty she was

And Venus was her name

She's got it

Yeah, baby, she's got it

Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire

At your desire

18 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Tennis ace raises medal hopes

All eyes are on Li Na, the first professional women's tennis player from China to clinch two WTA Tour titles, to deliver a fine performance at the Olympics.

Li, the most successful Chinese tennis player, is ranked 39th in the world. She is noted for her quick reflexes, powerful ground strokes and athletic moves around the court.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Pair step aside to allow Navratilova's HK swansong

Fans will have a chance to watch legendary American Martina Navratilova one last time in Hong Kong at Victoria Park this afternoon.

10 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

'Anything is possible . . . It could go as far as a boycott if all of us stick

Martina Hingis said a 'girlcott' by leading players was possible if the Women's Tennis Association Tour fails to provide equal prize money as the men this year.

4 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Words of wisdom from Graf after 16 years on pro circuit

SHE was only 13 when she turned pro. Steffi Graf now wishes that she had spent more time away from the courts and taken more care of herself.

But Graf says that if she had the chance to start at the beginning again, she would still walk the same path.

10 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

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