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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.

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Thanks for the latest update - earlier news reports said the Masha vs Venus match would be played on 31st December.

By the way, will you be going to this exhibition event?


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Thanks for the latest update - earlier news reports said the Masha vs Venus match would be played on 31st December.

By the way, will you be going to this exhibition event?
I will be only in welcome party on 30 Dec because i have to fly to Perth for Hopman Cup on 31 Dec.

Maria has schedule to have new year count down with our Prime Minister at Chiang Mai on 31 Dec. She arrive Bangkok on 29 Dec at 23:00. Venus will arrive on 30 Dec. at 23:00. Both will leave for Hong Kong on 3 Dec.

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I will be only in welcome party on 30 Dec because i have to fly to Perth for Hopman Cup on 31 Dec.
Wow! Have a great time in Perth!

By the way, where you will have your New Year countdown? And will you be going to the Australian Open?
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Maria has schedule to have new year count down with our Prime Minister at Chiang Mai on 31 Dec.
Maybe one of the main reasons why the Thai Government chose to organise this exhibition event there is because Chiang Mai is Prime Minister's home-town?
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Venus will arrive on 30 Dec. at 23:00.
So Venus won't be able to attend the welcoming party then?
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Both will leave for Hong Kong on 3 January.
The Hong Kong 2005 exhibition sounds really attractive as 4 (such as Lena D, Venus, Masha and Serena) of my 5 fave players will be playing there.


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Wow! Have a great time in Perth!

By the way, where you will have your New Year countdown? And will you be going to the Australian Open?

Maybe one of the main reasons why the Thai Government chose to organise this exhibition event there is because Chiang Mai is Prime Minister's home-town?

So Venus won't be able to attend the welcoming party then?

The Hong Kong 2005 exhibition sounds really attractive as 4 (such as Lena D, Venus, Masha and Serena) of my 5 fave players will be playing there.
I will have New Year countdown in airplane because I will leave Bangkok at 23:00 on 31 Dec. I don't go to AUS Open because I have to come back to work.

Only Maria will attend the welcome party.

Will you be going to see the exhibition in Chiang Mai ?

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This is why I have no sympathy for the players when they complain about the tour schedule being too long. The only reason most of them want a longer off-season is so they can fatten their wallets by playing more exhibition events.

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I will have New Year countdown in airplane because I will leave Bangkok at 23:00 on 31 Dec.
I think it will be very special then.
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Will you be going to see the exhibition in Chiang Mai?
No. I'm more interested in the Hong Kong exhibition as I'd had a really good time in Hong Kong in January this year.


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Maria has schedule to have new year count down with our Prime Minister at Chiang Mai on 31 Dec.
Will the Prime Minister still attend the New Year countdown in Chiang Mai after thousands of Thai people, including HM the King's grandson, and foreign tourists died of Tsunami or earthquake in Phuket and on other famous tourist islands yesterday?


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Will the Prime Minister still attend the New Year countdown in Chiang Mai after thousands of Thai people, including HM the King's grandson, and foreign tourists died of Tsunami or earthquake in Phuket and on other famous tourist islands yesterday?

I was wondering about this too. Is this event still officially on?

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And also those in part of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.

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You can't be serious with this reply. Over 21,000 people have lost their lives a tennis exhibition should be the last thing on the top officials mine at this moment. We should not be so callous and heartless. My only hope is that the survivors will be able to get their lives back together after probably losing the majority of their families. This disaster is so difficult to accept. Revelations is becoming very true...rumors and rumors of wars and tidal waves..etc.
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