Sharapova, Li to lead charge in Tokyo
if anybody is leading anything, it should be our Princess that is leading the WTA rankings
glad that these girls are coming to Tokyo even after the disasters, unlike Kim
TOKYO, Jul 12 (Reuters) - Wimbledon finalist Maria Sharapova, French Open champion Li Na and world number one Caroline Wozniacki will headline this year’s Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo organisers said on Tuesday.
Russian Sharapova, stunned by Czech Petra Kvitova in the women’s Wimbledon final earlier this month, has twice won the $2.05 million Tokyo event, which begins on Sept. 25.
Sharapova and Danish rival Wozniacki, the defending champion, will fly to Japan early to take part in charity events in support of the victims of the deadly earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Organisers told Reuters, children would be invited from disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture, where a power plant suffered a nuclear meltdown after being crushed by the tsunami wave.
“I was deeply saddened by the terrible disaster,” Chinese trailblazer Li said in the statement, the first Asian to win a grand slam adding: “I continue to think about you during these difficult times.”