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China Seeing Influx Of WTA Events, But Questions Remain On Domestic Player Growth

04 / 25 / 14

In the six years since being granted special status by the Chinese Communist Party, the success of tennis players Li Na and Peng Shuai has "stoked not only national pride but a massive influx of tennis investment in China's most populous cities, creating a market estimated" at $4B, according to Shau...

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Expanded FA Cup To Feature Big Teams

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10/07/13
Japanese Club Adds On To Stadium

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STAR India Bailed Out BCCI

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