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German Open WTA tourney canceled

Updated: January 14, 2009, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- The German Open was dropped from the 2009 women's tennis calendar after the tournament's owners sold the sanctioning rights to the WTA Tour.

The clay-court event in Berlin had already been downgraded on the WTA's new schedule, with prize money reduced to $600,000 from $1 million. The tournament usually took place in May, one week before the clay-court French Open.

The tournament had been owned by the Qatari Tennis Federation, which decided it no longer wanted to operate an ...

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