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The 2016 Istanbul Cup will be an outdoor clay court tournament with a total prize money of $250,000. The second most lucrative WTA competition of the week, the tourney will held its 9th edition this year.


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The reigning champion is the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko who will try to defend her title as the third seed of the tournament. The seeds will go as follows: world number 34 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, world number 42 Yanina Wickmayer, the world number 43 Tsurenko, world number 59 Kirsten Flipkens, world number 61 Kovinic, world number 66 Nao Hibino, world number 67 Kateryna Bondarenko and world numbr 69 Johanna Larsson. The main favorites are the higher seeds of course, not just because of their ranking but also because they have winning experience on the WTA Tour. Schmiedlova has won two titles so far in her career, Wickmayer four, Tsurenko one, along with the Belgian Wickmayer who is also a one-time WTA titlist after winning the Bell Challenger in Quebec during the 2012 season.


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Each and any of these players could find themselves holding up the trophy at the end of the week, but the main favorites are probably the top 3 seeds, including the defending champ herself.


Posted: 20th July 2015


The 2015 WTA Istanbul Cup will be played in Istanbul from Monday and will feature an array of brilliant players, competing for the trophy.


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The world no. 15 Venus Williams has been seeded first. This will be her first professional tournament since the Wimbledon, where she made it to the fourth round before losing to her sister Serena Williams in straight sets. The second seed has been bagged by the 20 year old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who reached her career high singles ranking of 17 last month. She was also the quarterfinalist in French Open and won the title in WTA Marrakech. Former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic will also be playing in the event as the third seed, who moved up to 25th place in the world, following her run to the fourth round at SW19, where on the way she defeated the defending champion Petra Kvitova.


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The Frenchwoman Alize Cornet has been seeded fourth, who hasn’t had a decent run on the tour since the Roland Garros, where she reached the fourth round. She finds herself in the same half as Daria Gavrilova and the Italian Camila Giorgi. For this tournament, Williams is certainly the favorite one and it will be definitely exciting to see if anyone can manage to overcome her.


Posted: 14th July 2014

The seventh edition of Istanbul Cup comes up this July, from the 14th to the 20th of the month, after a break of almost three years.


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The tournament will be, as per the tradition, played on hard surface courts situated outdoors. The purse of the tournament has been announced to be $250,000. The tournament will see Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark play against Vinci of Italy in what is expected to be a thrilling match. Czech Republic sends in two of her players, Kristyna Pliskova and Klara Koukalova, to make a mark in this tournament. Japan contributes only one of her players, Nora, who is expected to give a tough time to the others, according to the experts.


Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina are also in the list of the players who have entered on main draws. So far, no player has enlisted herself for the doubles. The organizers of the events have said that the rebirth of the tournament is expected to be favorable for the growth of WTA. It will be healthy and fruitful, they said while talking to the press earlier.


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Tickets have been made available on the official WTA website and will also be sold at the courts.


Posted: 22nd October 2013


For the titan of the WTA Tour series, the stage has been set in Istanbul, Turkey, to entertain the sport for a week, beginning at the 22nd of October, and ending at 27th of the same month.


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Advertised under the name of the WTA Tour Championships, the tournament will be held on hard courts of the Sinan Erdem Dome. The total purse for the tournament amounts to $6 million. The winner of the tournament will receive $1,590,000 of the total amount, plus 810 WTA points to add to her records. These statistics will add up to those achieved in the round robin round. The USA Goddess of tennis, Serena Williams, holds the trophy for the last year. This year, she kicked off with a mind-blowing start when she pulled out as the first qualifier for the championship. Following her, on the 24th of August, was the Belarus girl, Victoria Azarenka. Maria Sharapova was the third to qualify. She, however, has been temporarily removed from the list on medical grounds. Other names include those Li Na, Errani, Kerber, Jankovic, Kvitova and Radwanska.


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Partly because of the fame of the championship, and mainly because of the titan names on the list, the tickets are selling out fast. The last of the stocks are still available online.


Posted: 23rd October 2012


There are just two tournaments left on the WTA Tour before we come to the end of the 2012 season. The first is going to be the season ending championships for the regular series, and it is called the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, played indoors on hard courts in Istanbul, Turkey for $4,900,000. The players for this tournament are quite small in number compared to normal tournaments, with eight singles and four doubles.


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Afterward, the WTA Tour will hold the final tournament of the year,which is going to be in Sofia Bulgaria. It is called the Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions Sofia, and it will be another season ending championship, this time for the international series. It will be held indoors on hard courts for $750,000 with a singles draw of 8 players. That series starts on the 30th, while the other end of year championship begins on the 23rd. The players include Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanksa, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Li Na.


Posted: 25th October 2011


The WTA Tour will head to Istanbul, Turkey to play the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which is a tournament that happens starting the 25th of October. It will be played indoors on hard courts and it is one of the final two season ending championships of the WTA Tour, worth just shy of five million dollars. Only eight singles will be participating and no more than eight doubles. After this tournament, starting November 3rd, the very last one of the year will be held, the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali, Indonesia.


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The players that will be participating in this tournament include Vera Zvonareva and Samantha Stosur on the singles side, as well as Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki. Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka and Li Na have also qualified. In the doubles it will be Katarina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschlke as well as Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber. Sign up for access to live streaming video from your computer or mobile device. Anywhere in the world you can get access to live tennis streams, and you get a full year's access.


Posted: 26th July 2010


The Women's Tennis Association heads to Istanbul, Turkey for a international level tournament known as the Istanbul Cup. This tournament takes place July 26th through August 1st and is worth $220,000 to these ladies. The surface is hard courts and the matches will be played outdoors with a singles draw of 32 and a doubles draw of 16. You can watch this WTA event by getting your membership, as well as many other great tennis matches. Simply click on the banners on this page for access to streaming high quality video.


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This tournament takes place at the Enka Arena and the top seed for this event is Ekatarina Makarova who is from Russia and Eirini Georgatou in the first round. Bojana Jovanovski is the second seed, hails from Serbia and will be going up against Elani Danilidou in round number one. Then, we have our third seed, Anna Chakvetadze, who is from Russia, and is facing Marta Domachowska, from Poland in round number one. This is just the beginning of a terrific set of player for the Istanbul Cup, held July 26th through August 1st.


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The fourth seed for this event is Anastasiya Yakimova and the fifth seed is Sesil Karatancheva. The sixth seed for this Istanbul, Turkey tournament is Vesna Manasieva from Russia and the number seven seed is Anna Tatishvili. The eighth and final of the top eight is Alexandra Panova from Russia. Hyuliya Velieva, Seda Arantekin, and Mellis Sezer are all wildcards. Get your membership now to watch this event in high quality video from your computer screen. Click on the banners on this page to get started now.


Posted: 2nd August 2009


Turkey will be the location for the 2009 Istanbul Cup, July 27th to August 2nd, 2009, and the women of the WTA will take to the outdoor hardcourts for a prize purse of $220,000 and even more prestige to add to their careers. Vera Avonareva is one of those players, the highest ranked player at the Cup and a certain fan favorite. But there will be others to watch as well. Other players making an appearance will include Patty Schnyder from Switzerland, who is ranked 19th, Anabel Medina Garrigues from Spain who is ranked just one spot above Schnyder, France's Aravane Rezai, ranked 39, and Italy's Sara Errani, ranked 38.


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The tournament will be held at the ENKA Arena Court in Turkey, for the very first time and the WTA Istanbul Cup General Manager said that nearly half a million dollars in improvements had to be made to prepare for the cup, including making the court able to host 3000 fans. In addition to the players mentioned previously Turkey will bring it's own representatives in Ipek Senoglu, Oagla Buyukakcay, Premra Ozgen Basak Eraydin and Melis Sezer. This is just a few of the 22 players in the top 100 that will be playing in the 2009 Istanbul Cup, as well as the rest of the draws.


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The WTA Istanbul Cup's Inaugural tournament was won by Venus Williams, and was held in 2005. Other winners since then have includes Shahar Peer, Agniezska Radwanska and Elena Dementieva. If you want to watch this tournament, get your membership at the banners on this page. You'll have full access to live, high quality video streams and feeds. You can record the tournament, and watch the rest of the great tennis played this week as well, including the ATP Studena Croatia Open and the Allianz Suisse Open in Gstaad with your membership. Don't miss the Istanbul Cup, July 27th through August 2nd from Turkey.


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Posted: 18th April 2016

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