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Sania may get India 2nd WTA tourney

Currently, Hyderabad is the only Indian city to host a WTA tournament.

tennis Updated: Jan 06, 2006 11:58 IST

Thanks to Sania Mirza, India could be allotted a second WTA tennis tournament.

If that happens, Chennai would be an ideal venue, says one of the principal organisers of the ongoing ATP Chennai Open.

Currently, Sania's hometown Hyderabad is the only Indian city to host a WTA event.

"If there is going to be (another WTA) in India, it will certainly be in Chennai," Ravi Krishnan, managing director of International Management Group/Trans World International said.

"I cannot commit a time frame, but, yes, we would love to arrange a women's event.

"Obviously, when we have a player of the stature of Sania Mirza, another international women's event in India will provide an opportunity for growth," Krishnan maintained.

"We are talking to people... sponsors, state governments, players. If we can raise the money, we would love to the event in Chennai," he added.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 10:26 IST