New Delhi: India will host its first WTA tournament in five years when the city of Mumbai arranges a USD 125,000 event in November, giving home players a chance to compete with the world’s best 50.
Once more, it is Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) which has approached to convey the genuinely necessary tournament to the nation.
MSLTA had as of late packed away the hosting rights of India’s ATP World Tour event, Chennai Open and it was remarked as Maharashtra Open, to be held in Pune.
The last time India hosted a WTA event – Royal Indian Open – was in 2012 in Pune when current world number five Elina Svitolina had won the singles title by beating veteran Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm.
There will be four wild cards each on offer in a fundamental draw and the Qualifiers of the Mumbai Open. Top players in the nation around then are probably going to get those wild card entries.
India’s best singles players, put something aside for Ankita Raina (262), can’t get immediate entry into the primary draws of WTA 125K level events with their present rankings. Karman Kaur Tahndi (349) and national champion Riya Bhatia (519) take after Raina in the stepping stool.
MSLTA has arranged three more USD 25000 events which will be held in Pune and Navi Mumbai and one USD 15000 tournament in Solapur.
Together with a USD 50,000 Challenger with every one of these women’s events, arranged in November in Pune, MSLTA would spend near USD 300,000 in sorting out these tournaments.