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Oct 14, 2012, 08:58 IST | IANS

AITA increases prize money for women in national championship on the tennis stara?Ts suggestion

The prize purse for women winners at the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship was increased and brought on par with the men on Sania Mirza’s suggestion here on Saturday.

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza plays a forehand against Sabine Lisicki of Germany during the ASB Classic in Auckland on January 3, 2011. Pic/Getty Images

The winner’s prize money for men was Rs 1,50,000 while for women was Rs 1,00,000. However, Sania Mirza, chief guest, pointed this out to All India Tennis Association (AITA) president Anil Khanna when the finals of the singles matches were going on at the RK Khanna Tennis Complex.

“Sania brought this to my notice today asking why is there a difference in the prize money between men and women when several international tournaments have the same prize money for both. We immediately decided to increase the prize money and bring parity,” said Khanna during the presentation ceremony of the tournament.

“From now on we will see to it that all national tournaments have the same prize money for both categories.” Sania thanked Khanna for accepting her suggestion. “I thank Mr Khanna for accepting my suggestion so quickly,” said Sania. 

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