WTA Tier III tournaments

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WTA tournaments

1988–2008


2009–


Other

The WTA Tier III tournaments were Women's Tennis Association tennis third-level tournaments held from 1988 to 2008.[1] The line-up of events varied over the years due to tournaments being promoted, demoted or cancelled.[2] The series resulted from a reform of the WTA Tour in 1988 which offered more prize money to champions.

From 2009 the majority of Tier III and Tier IV tournaments from previous seasons are WTA International Tournaments owing to another category change.[3][4] The main reason for the changes was to ease the pressure on players in terms of the number of tournaments that they were required to play.[5]

Events[edit]

Tournament Complete sponsored name City(s) Country A Court surface Tier III from Years Current/
Defunct
Eastbourne Aegon International Eastbourne  United Kingdom Grass 1988 1 Current
VS of New Orleans Virginia Slims of New Orleans New Orleans  United States Hard 1988 1
Brighton Brighton International Brighton  United Kingdom Carpet (i) 1988–1989 2
California Bank of the West Classic Oakland, California  United States Carpet (i) 1988–1989 2 Current
Filderstadt Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Filderstadt  Germany Hard (i) 1988–1989 2 Current
VS of Dallas Virginia Slims of Dallas Dallas, Texas  United States Carpet (i) 1988–1989 2
Chicago Ameritech Cup Chicago  United States Carpet (i) 1988–1989 2
Tokyo Indoor Toray Pan Pacific Open Tokyo  Japan Carpet (i) 1988–1989 2 Current
VS of Houston Virginia Slims of Houston Houston  United States Clay 1988–1990 3
Cincinnati Western & Southern Open Cincinnati  United States Hard 1988
2004–2008
6 Current
Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells, California  United States Hard 1989 1 Current
Zurich Swisscom Challenge Zürich   Switzerland Carpet (i) 1989 1
Tampa Eckerd Open Tampa, Florida  United States Clay 1990 1
Newport Virginia Slims of Newport Newport  United States Grass 1990 1
San Diego Toshiba Classic San Diego  United States Hard 1990–91 2
San Antonio New Haven Open at Yale San Antonio  United States Hard 1990–92 3
Sydney New South Wales Open Sydney  Australia Hard 1990–92 3 Current
Leipzig Sparkassen Cup Leipzig  Germany Carpet (i) 1990–92 3
Barcelona Barcelona Ladies Open Barcelona  Spain Clay 1991–92 2 Current
Lucerne European Open Lucerne   Switzerland Clay 1992–94 3
Osaka Asian Open Osaka  Japan Carpet (i) 1992–94 3
Budapest GDF Suez Grand Prix Budapest  Hungary Carpet (i) (1993)
Clay (2007–08)
1993
2007–08
3 Current
Kitzbühel WTA Austrian Open Kitzbühel  Austria Clay 1993 1
Schenectady OTB International Open Schenectady  United States Hard 1993–94 2
Brisbane Danone Hardcourt Championships Brisbane  Australia Hard 1993–94 2
Linz Generali Ladies Linz Linz  Austria Carpet (i) 1993–97 5 Current
Oklahoma City
Memphis
Cellular South Cup Oklahoma City (1993–2001)
Memphis (2002–08)
 United States Hard (i) 1993–2008 16
Strasbourg Internationaux de Strasbourg Strasbourg  France Clay 1993–2008 16 Current
Tokyo Outdoor Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships Tokyo  Japan Hard 1993–2008 16
Birmingham Aegon Classic Birmingham  United Kingdom Grass 1993–2008 16 Current
Quebec City Challenge Bell Quebec City  Canada Carpet (i) 1993–2008 16 Current
Moscow Kremlin Cup Moscow  Russia Carpet (i) 1994–96 3 Current
San Juan Puerto Rico Open San Juan  Puerto Rico Hard 1995 1
Zagreb
Bol
Croatian Bol Ladies Open Zagreb (1995)
Bol (2000–03)
 Croatia Clay 1995
2000–2003
5
Jakarta Danamon Open Jakarta  Indonesia Hard 1995–96 2
Warsaw Warsaw Open Warsaw  Poland Clay 1995–98
2002–10
5
Luxembourg City BGL Luxembourg Open Luxembourg City  Luxembourg Carpet (i) (1996–2000)
Hard (i) (2001–04, 2008)
1996–2004
2008
10 Current
's-Hertogenbosch Ordina Open 's-Hertogenbosch  Netherlands Grass 1996–2008 13 Current
Madrid Madrid Open Madrid  Spain Clay 1997–2003 7
Gold Coast Brisbane International Gold Coast  Australia Hard 1997–2008 12
Prague ECM Prague Open Prague  Czech Republic Clay 1998 1
VS of Boston Virginia Slims of Boston Boston, Massachusetts  United States Hard 1998 1
Cairo Dreamland Egypt Classic Cairo  Egypt Clay 1999 1
Sopot Orange Warsaw Open Sopot  Poland Clay 1999–2004 6
Kuala Lumpur
Bali
Wismilak International (1999–2006)
Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic (2007–08)
Kuala Lumpur (1999–2000)
Bali (2001–08)
 Malaysia
 Indonesia
Hard 1999–2008 10
Vienna WTA Austrian Open Klagenfurt (2000)
Vienna (2001–04)
 Austria Clay 2000–04 5
Canberra Canberra International Canberra  Australia Hard 2001 1
Doha Qatar Ladies Open Doha  Qatar Hard 2001–03 3
Bogotá Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas Bogotá  Colombia Clay 2001–08 8 Current
Acapulco Abierto Mexicano Telcel HSBC Acapulco  Mexico Clay 2001–08 8 Current
Hasselt Gaz de France Stars Hasselt  Belgium Hard (i) 2004–06 3
Guangzhou Guangzhou International Women's Open Guangzhou  China Hard 2004–08 5 Current
Bangkok PTT Bangkok Open Bangkok  Thailand Hard 2005–07 3
Kolkata Sunfeast Open Kolkata  India Hard (i) 2005–07 3
Istanbul İstanbul Cup Istanbul  Turkey Clay 2005–08 4 Current
Bangalore Bangalore Open Bangalore  India Hard 2006–08 3
Bad Gastein Gastein Ladies Bad Gastein  Austria Clay 2007–08 2 Current
Viña del Mar Cachantún Cup Viña del Mar  Chile Clay 2008 1

Notes[edit]

^A a Years in the "surface" or "country" columns only refer to the period that the tournament was played on the surface or in that country as a Tier III tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour archive". IMG Media. Retrieved 3 August 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Acura Classic upgrades to WTA Tour Tier I status". Acura Classic. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Robson, Douglas (10 November 2008). "Players, officials iron out changes to WTA's 2009 plans". USA Today. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "How the 2009 WTA Tour calendar will change". tennishead.com. Retrieved 3 August 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Tandon, Kamakshi. "Withdrawal symptons: WTA Tour looks at pullouts". tennis.com. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 

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