November 02, 2012

Istanbul Hosts WTA Championships Where Williams Takes the Crown


Istanbul hopes its bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be reinforced by the latest high profile sports event to be staged in the city.

Olympic champion Serena Williams beat runner-up at London 20102 Maria Sharapova in the final of the Istanbul 2012 Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Championships, a tournament that was as much to do with Istanbul's credentials for showcasing major sports events as it was for putting on the tournament itself.

The world's top eight women's tennis players gathered in Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome, which is Europe's third largest multipurpose indoor venue and the proposed venue for the Olympic basketball at the 2020 Games if Turkey's bid is successful.

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