Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Bangkok, THAILAND
Sharapova and Venus to play exhibition in Chiang Mai, Thailand
[TENNIS] Thailand’s top women players Tamarine Tanasugarn and Shuchanan Viratprasert will have the ideal start to their 2005 season when they face Wimbledon champions Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams in an exhibition in Chiang Mai in January.
Tamarine is set to renew her partnership with the world No 4 Sharapova when they take on Suchanan and Williams in a one-set doubles match in the TAT Tennis Invitational at the Chiang Mai 700th Anniversary Stadium on January 2.
“You could not imagine a better way to start the new season. To be involved in a match that has two top 10 players is good preparation for 2005,” said Tamarine who last year teamed with the Russian and won two doubles trophies in Tokyo and Luxembourg.
The special event will start with a dream match between reigning Wimbledon champion Sharapova and world No 9 Williams, who dominated the All England Club between 2000-2001. The match will be televised by Channel 7 and ESPN Star Sports from 3pm onwards to more than 50 countries.
It will be the first time ever that Thai fans can witness two top 10 female players in action in the Kingdom. In September, local tennis enthusiasts saw the world’s top two men players Roger Federer and Andy Roddick square off in the Thailand Open final.
While world No 66 Tamarine has played many big-names, it will be the first time Suchanan has faced a top 10 pro across the net. “I can hardly wait for the match. I’m not excited now but I will be when that moment comes,” said the 21-year-old Suchanan, ranked 191.
My favorite players are Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors.
Congrats to Tammy for her fourth title in Japan Women's Open 2010.