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Sharapova, Hingis coming to Manila, Singapore and Beijing

From http://www.philstar.com/philstar/NEWS200605101604.htm

Sharapova, Hingis coming to town
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 05/10/2006

Negotiations are underway to bring tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis to Manila in November and Team Asia’s Joey Fornier told The Star yesterday it’s 70 percent sure the three-day, two-night visit will push through.

Sharapova, 19, is guaranteed at least P6.5 Million and Hingis, 25, P2.5 Million to appear in separate three-hour clinics and play in a best-of-3 match at the Araneta Coliseum. Team Asia is packaging the three-nation tour with Manila as the second leg after Singapore and before Beijing.

"We’re close to finalizing the deal," said Fornier. "We’re down to the small details like agreeing to how many companions they will bring. Maria has an entourage of 15 and Martina, 12. Maria will be coming from the US and Martina from Switzerland."

Team Asia, an entertainment events promoter, is an affiliate of Team Ltd. of Singapore with a branch in Beijing. The Team group was formed eight years ago and has brought in Mariah Carey, Boyzone, Michael Jackson, the Black Eyed Peas, Westlife, F-2 and F-4 to Manila. It recently tied up with Solar Sports in telecasting the "Rumble at the Bay" boxing card on Roxas Boulevard and Rodel Mayol’s bid for the World Boxing Council minimumweight title in Tokyo.

Fornier said Team Asia is also planning to stage a P15 Million charity skins golf match between the Korean pair of K. J. Choi and Grace Park and the Philippine tandem of Frankie Miñoza and Jennifer Rosales at the Camp John Hay course in Baguio City in October.

Fornier said the teams will play for pot money in each hole with a commitment to donate all or part of the winnings to a local charity.

Sharapova and Hingis have played each other thrice this year. In their latest encounter in Tokyo, Hingis upset Sharapova, 6-3, 6-1. In two previous matches, Sharapova beat Hingis, 6-3, 6-3, in Indian Wells and 6-3, 6-4, in Dubai.

Fornier said Sharapova will conduct a clinic at the Manila Polo Club and Hingis, a similar clinic at the Alabang Country Club the day before the Big Dome match. Both clinics will be open to 30 players within the 12 to 16-year-old bracket.

The 6-2 Sharapova turned pro in 2001 and was ranked No. 1 last year. She won the Wimbledon crown in 2004 and has earned over $5.6 Million in her career. This year, the Siberian blond will bankroll about $30 Million from prize earnings and endorsement contracts. Considered the highest-paid female athlete ever, Sharapova has her own perfume with Parlux fragrances, her own video game and her own line of handbags designed by a Japanese company. She also pitches for Nike, Prince, Speedminton, Motorola, Canon, TAG Heuer, Honda Japan and Colgate-Palmolive.

The 5-7 Hingis was ranked No. 1 in 1997 when she won three of four Grand Slam titles. She has bagged 40 career championships, including three Australian Opens, and earned over $18.5 Million since turning pro in 1994.

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I'm in - if they make it to S'pore.

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eventhough im not a fan of masha, its great that theyre coming here coz it will definitely make tennis big in here, right now badminton is bigger than tennis here

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eventhough im not a fan of masha, its great that theyre coming here coz it will definitely make tennis big in here, right now badminton is bigger than tennis here

That is why you have to go. Probably at the Singapore indoor stadium I would think. Anyway- this would encourage them to do more tennis.

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ok, i'm going to watch martina with earplugs when i watch sharapova
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That is why you have to go. Probably at the Singapore indoor stadium I would think. Anyway- this would encourage them to do more tennis.
im from philippines not singapore

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Hah! Araneta Coliseum is 10 minutes from where i live. I am there. i don't particularly support either player, but damn Im there.
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pimp daddy and padawampot: we'll probably see each other in araneta if it pushes through!

I'm also not a supporter of sharapova bu i like hingis so this is one chance i won't miss.

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that would be great! but it would've been more awesome if Venus were there. I really don't like sharapove. But i'll definitely watch if it's hingis. I like her!

Hope this pushes thru!
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if this pushes thru, it will be really good, it will open the door for future tennis games here, but the sad part is, its gonna be sharapova mania here, it will probably the biggest thing since f4 came here

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Oh somebody just told me about this. very good news! I wish I could go......

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Considering that Manila only has a couple of 10K's each November and Singapore has nothing in the way of professional tennis, I think this is a wonderful move on both of their parts. It seems as though Martina and Maria enjoy a healthy professional friendship.
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if this pushes thru, it will be really good, it will open the door for future tennis games here, but the sad part is, its gonna be sharapova mania here, it will probably the biggest thing since f4 came here
what? F4 going to manila was a mania?
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I want to go to araneta too.

I just hope the ticket prices are not too expensive.
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