How's this for silly scheduling for the WTA: Doha is going to become a Tier I event in 2008.
That would make three Tier I events in a row: Doha, Indian Wells, and Miami.
This all but assures that players like Henin won't play at IW anymore. I think more and more people will play the "Gulf Double": Dubai and Doha, instead of IW.
However, this may mean that they either intend to move Doha or Indian Wells in the future. The organizers at Doha talked about combining the men's and women's event in the future. I don't know if they plan on moving the men's event that is before the Aussie Open, or moving the women's event to before the Aussie Open.
Either way, it's a very weird move by the WTA.
Here's a link to a story that talks about it:
A week after celebrating the announcement of equal prize-money for this year’s Wimbledon Championships, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour are benefactors of a huge financial boost when prize money at next year’s Doha event will be doubled to $2.7m. Only the game’s four Grand Slams, the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami are more lucrative in terms of financial magnitude, and Doha will overtake long-standing tournaments such as Indian Wells, Rome, Moscow and Zurich in the money list.
“Tennis is important to this country and right now is the perfect time to stage an event,” said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faleh Al-Thani, the president of the Qatar Tennis Federation who entertained the WTA’s chief executive, Larry Scott, last weekend and was assured Tier One status would be afforded to his event.