Prague courtship of WTA finals fails

Prague has missed out in its bid to host the top year end women’s tennis event, the WTA finals.

The sport’s governing body, the WTA, announced Thursday that the Chinese city of Shenzhen has been picked to host the event from 2019 through to 2028.

The competition stars the best eight singles and doubles players over the previous season. Singapore will host the finals this year for the fourth time in a row.

Prague had, along with Manchester, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia, been bidding to host the prestigious event.

Some players complained in reaction that the big money offer from Chinese cities was the deciding factor.