The WTA is going to move its year ending Championships from Istanbul after 2013 but they may want to reconsider that after the event had record setting attendance once again. Attendance at the Sinan Erdem Arena for the week exceeded 70,000 fans, 73,072 to be exact - the most at any season ending event in 12 years.
"The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships bring our amazing 2012 to an appropriately thrilling final chapter, with a truly unique tennis atmosphere," WTA CEO Stacey Allaster commented. "The best of the best competed intensely on the court, breaking records along the way, with the Championships' success demonstrating the global reach and strength of women's tennis.
The Sinan Erdem Arena packed with enthusiastic tennis fans for six straight days is a testament to the Ministry of Sport and Turkish Tennis Federation's efforts in executing, promoting and organizing this world class event." Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova in the finals of the event last weekend."Istanbul is a great host for the Championships and fans have been tremendously supportive of the tournament," Williams commented.
"The crowds were amazing and gave us such strong support from Day 1. I had an unbelievable time in my first trip to Istanbul and I hope this tournament continues to get more people, especially kids, involved in tennis."