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A MILLION PEOPLE, MAYBE MORE, PASS THROUGH THE WTA TOUR GATE

          The Corel WTA Tour has passed the million mark in on-
     site attendance after last week's Lipton Championships.  It
     marks the earliest time in Tour history that women's tennis
     has drawn over a million fans.  The Lipton was the eighth
     consecutive worldwide event to report increased numbers over
     1997, with 228,908 fans for its 10 days.  Overall, the
     Lipton was the 10th of 13 Tour events to show an increase in
     attendance over '97.  Tour attendance is at 1,057,164, which
     is 8.77% ahead of '97.  In other news, healthcare group
     Pfizer will be a presenting sponsor of the Acura Classic
     this August in Manhattan Beach, CA, its initial tennis
     sponsorship.  Also, Acura, United Airlines and Nicholas-
     Applegate financial services have all signed on as sponsors
     of the Toshiba Tennis Classic, which will be played this
     August in La Costa, CA (Corel WTA Tour).  
          OVERNIGHT RATINGS: Saturday's Lipton Championships
     women's final between Venus Williams and Anna Kournikova
     earned a 2.7 overnight rating on CBS (USA TODAY, 3/31).
  
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