Russian stars to lock horns in Pattaya
Russians Vera Zvonareva ranked no 5 in the world and Nadia Petrova ranked no10 in the world are preparing to lock horns at theUS$220,000 PTT PattayaOpen, which is being held at the Dusit Thani, Pattaya tennis courts from the7 – 15 February.
The players met in the fourth round of the Australia Open with Zvonarevacoming out on top 7-5, 6-4. Petrova is focused on gaining revenge for thatdefeat and has been in Pattaya preparing for the event since the last weekof January. Zvonareva who will be top-seeded at the tournament arrivedyesterday and will be intent on maintaining her dominance over hercompatriot.
The two Russians are seeded to meet in the final of the tournament, but willneed to battle hard to overcome some stiff competition especially from thegaggle of teenagers who are pushing towards the top 10. Included in thisgroup are Danish star Caroline Wozniacki currently ranked 13 and winner of 3WTA tour events in 2008 and Dominika Cibulkova of the Slovak Republic is thethird teenager in the group, her mercurial talents can overcome any of thetop players on her day. Also in the reckoning is Thailand's TamarineTanasugarn who reached the quarter-final last year falling to eventualchampion Agnieska Radwanska.
The tournament qualifying rounds start at 09.00 tomorrow with six Thaiplayers vying for 4 spots in the main draw: Montinee Tangpong, NudniddaLuangnam, Kanyapat Narattana, Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, Peangtarn Plipeuchand Nikarat Wateenukit. The final round of qualifying will be held on Monday9 February. The main draw starts on the same day with the finals being heldon Sunday 15 February at 15.00.
The semi-finals and finals will be shown "live" on NBT and T-Sports channelsfrom 15.00 – 17.00 on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February. In addition thetournament will be shown "live" Russia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Central andSouth America and Asia.
Tickets are still available for the tournament through the followingchannels:
1. Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd on 02-3823491 – 3. Website: www.pentanglepromotions.com
2. ThaiTicketMajor Co., Ltd (all outlets) or tel: 02-2623456. Website: www.thaiticketmajor.com
The PTT Pattaya Open is part of the Sony-Ericsson WTA Tour and is supportedby PTT Public Co., Ltd, Pattaya City, Sports Authority of Thailand, ChonburiProvincial Administration, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the DusitThani Pattaya, Wilson, Yonex, Babolat, the Telephone Organization ofThailand, Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital and JC Ferrero Equelite.