Int’l Tennis Boost for Bali

NUSA DUA ~ The annual women’s international tennis tournament held here in Nusa Dua is to be expanded for three years from 2009 to showcase more talent and international stars, the organizers announced this week.

The Commonwealth Bank International Championships is to compliment the tour’s end-of-season Sony Ericsson Championships that features the top eight singles players and top four doubles teams, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour said here at the conclusion of this year’s event at which Lindsay Davenport once again triumphed.

Sony Ericsson WTA Tour chief Larry Scott said fans would be able to see in Bali current top payers and new, emerging leaders of the game.

“The Commonwealth Bank International Championships promises to showcase the tour’s most exciting future stars and best performers in international-level tour events,” he said.

“The international events within the 2009 circuit structure will provide fans with world-class tennis and an opportunity to see future champions. We are excited to be able to shine a spotlight on these stars through the support of Commonwealth Bank in beautiful Bali.”

Said 12th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova: “It’s great that we will be featuring and promoting in their very own end-of-year finale a group of world-class players who are vying to one day be No.1 in the world.

“I have always loved playing in Bali and am sure the Commonwealth Bank International Championships will create great excitement among those players competing in the 2009 international level events with the hope of qualifying for Bali.”

The event is to be held from November 3-9, 2009, after the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar, and will have total prize money of US$600,000, with a winner’s check of $200,000. For 2009, there are 56 WTA tournaments in 32 countries on the calendar, with a record purse of $84 million.

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