PARIS – The hometown of China’s former French Open champion Li Na was on Wednesday named as the host of a new $3.2 million tournament in 2014 which will replace the 30-year-old Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Wuhan will stage the event in the week prior to the China Open in Beijing and will feature at least seven of the year-end top 10-ranked players.
The deal is a huge blow for Tokyo where the Pan Pacific will stage its 30th and final event later this year.
Kuala Lumpur’s event will be relocated to Hong Kong two weeks before the Wuhan tournament in 2014.
Meanwhile, for the first time in its 40-year history, the WTA will also host three International events in South America during the 2014 season.
In addition to the event in Bogota, and Florianopolis, Brazil, which will hold its inaugural event in 2013, an International event will be relocated from Memphis to Rio de Janeiro.