The WTA, the organiser of the top women’s tennis tour, has released its 2014 schedule and provisional calendar for 2015, with a strong focus on Asia.
The WTA said the key growth markets of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan will host a record six top-tier Premier and second-tier International tournaments and four third-tier 125K Series events in Asia starting next year.
There are 54 Premier and International tournaments and six 125K tournaments scheduled for 2014.
A new Premier event in Wuhan, China will make its debut in addition to two inaugural International events in Hong Kong and Tianjin, China.
In addition to four WTA 125K Series events on the Chinese nainland and in Taiwan, two additional events will take place in Raanana, Israel and Limoges, France.
The WTA introduced the WTA 125K Series in 2012 to provide an opportunity for emerging markets currently unable to host a full WTA event, as well as giving the WTA's up-and-coming players a chance to play extra tournaments.
Two tournaments will be held in Brazil for the first time next year, in Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis, with Bogota, Colombia completing the South American events.
The season-ending WTA Championships move to Singapore from Istanbul in 2014, but the Turkish city will host the Istanbul Cup, an International level event.
Stacey Allaster, chairman and chief executive, said: "The WTA calendars continue to deepen the reach of women's professional tennis into unprecedented markets to help grow our global fan base far and wide. Together with the continued success and growth of the China Open and the launch of the year-end WTA Championships in Singapore in 2014, the WTA's Asia growth strategy is in full force."
In 2015, the WTA will also stage a new grass court tournament in Nottingham, England to help players prepare for the subsequent grand slam event at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon will start a week later than usual in 2015, creating a three-week gap from the French Open, played on clay, and lengthening the tennis grass court season.