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WTA Tour says withdrawals down

Updated: November 1, 2009, 3:38 PM ET
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- The WTA Tour's new scheduling system with fewer mandatory tournaments has caused withdrawals to drop by more than one third this season.

The tour has also withstood the global financial crisis, with attendance and prize money up significantly for top events, chief executive Stacey Allaster said Sunday.

Allaster, the former WTA president who took over as chairman and CEO in July, said the tour's so-called "roadmap" implemented this year has been "a fantastic success."

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