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Justine,Maria,Sveta,Martina and Serena confirmed for Dubai

WORLD NUMBER ONE HENIN-HARDENNE AND RUSSIAN SUPERSTAR SHARAPOVA RETURN TO DUBAI
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Dubai, UAE, January 11th, 2007: The Dubai Tennis Championships’ position as one of the region’s premier sporting events has been further underlined following the announcement world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne and Russian superstar Maria Sharapova will return to the award winning tournament.

The confirmation of the top two women’s players in the world has set up a possible re-match between the two heavyweights who squared off in last year’s thrilling Dubai Duty Free Women’s final.

Henin-Hardenne eventually took the honours over the big hitting Russian, and is now looking forward to maintaining her unbeaten record when she returns to defend her Dubai title.

The dynamic Belgian has not lost a match in her three previous trips to Dubai, winning the title in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

“I’m glad I’m coming back to Dubai,” said Henin-Hardenne. “It’s a tournament I like a lot. It’s only good memories for me. They’re doing a great job and it’s a good crowd and very nice atmosphere.”

It was Sharapova’s first visit to Dubai last year, and she has been looking forward to making a return visit ever since.

“It’s amazing. It’s such a cool place,” Sharapova said. “It’s very different to anything you expect. It’s really like Disneyworld meets Las Vegas. They take the best things out of the whole world and put them into one city and create this huge magical place.”

Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of tournament organisers Dubai Duty Free, was delighted with the confirmation of top the seeds which follows this week’s earlier announcement that world number one Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will also return for the ATP tournament at the Dubai Tennis Stadium.

“Once again the Dubai Tennis Championships is attracting the biggest names in tennis and we are thrilled that two wonderful players in Justine and Maria are coming back to Dubai,” said McLoughlin.

“Having last year’s finalists lining up again ads to what is always an intriguing tournament and we look forward to seeing if Justine can continue her impressive record in Dubai or if Maria can go one step further and win the title.”

Further more,former world No.1 Martina Hingis,Serena Williams and US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova comfirmed their participations.

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Re: Henin-Hardenne and Sharapova confirmed for Dubai Tennis Championships

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so this is the tournament where justine will start her year?

possibly as miss henin?
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Whoa Serena. I'm surprised a little. Good for her though. I just hope she doesn't begin this reign of a gazillion withdrawls. She'll be playing 4 tourneys before Miami? I like that news. Cmon serena let's focus and don't stop.

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Nice news!
Link please!
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Nice line up
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Sorry no link.
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They always get the top players. Show me the money.

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yay for serena

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they should pay me to watch since they are so rich! =P

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Henin-Hardenne, Sharapova Commit To Dubai


Photo By Susan Mullane By Tennis Week
01/11/2007

Justine Henin-Hardenne pulled out of next week’s Australian Open citing family reasons. Second-ranked Maria Sharapova has replaced the top-ranked Belgian as the No. 1 seed in Melbourne and Dubai tournament organizers are hoping top reunite the pair in the Dubai draw next month.


The Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open announced today both Sharapova and Henin-Hardenne are scheduled to headline the Tier II tournament, which starts on Feb. 19.

A year ago, Henin-Hardenne captured her third career Dubai championship, scoring a 7-5, 6-2, triumph over Sharapova in the final to extend her unbeaten streak at the tournament to 12 matches.

"I’m glad I’m coming back to Dubai," Henin-Hardenne said in a statement. "It’s a tournament I like a lot. It’s only good memories for me. They’re doing a great job and it’s a good crowd and very nice atmosphere."

Sharapova enacted a measure of revenge when she swept Henin-Hardenne, 6-4, 6-4, in the U.S. Open final final in September. Sharapova is scheduled to make her second straight trip to Dubai.

"It’s amazing. It’s such a cool place," Sharapova said. "It’s very different to anything you expect. It’s really like Disneyworld meets Las Vegas. They take the best things out of the whole world and put them into one city and create this huge magical place."

The announcement that the world’s top two-ranked women will play Dubai comes two days after organizers announced top-ranked Roger Federer and defending champion Rafael Nadal, who dealt Federer his first loss of the 2006 season in the Dubai final, will both return for the men’s event, which begins on Feb. 26 at the Dubai Tennis Stadium.

For more information, please visit the Dubai Tennis Championships.com.
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