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Hong Kong 2008

Anna might be playing the Hong Kong exhibition in January

http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP...ss=HK+&s=Sport


"The presence of Sharapova [world number five] and Venus [number eight], and two others from the world's top 10, will once again ensure this tournament will be of the highest calibre."

It is believed organisers are also looking at Serbian Ana Ivanovic (world number four) and Russian Anna Chakvetadze (number seven) among others.

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Re: Hong Kong 2008

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Alvin Sallay
Oct 24, 2007

The Women's Champions Challenge may still be searching for a title sponsor but organisers have already hit the jackpot by securing two of the biggest drawcards for January's showpiece with Russian glamour girl Maria Sharapova and American star Venus Williams.
Williams and Sharapova will be among four of the world's top 10 stars who will take part in the annual tournament at Victoria Park in the first week of January.

The Hong Kong Tennis Patrons Association (HKTPA), organisers of the annual tournament, will officially announce the line-up for the eight-player event next Wednesday. But it is understood Hong Kong's sweetheart, Sharapova, will return once again. "Maria will be back again this year, while Venus, who did not play last year, will also make a return. Unfortunately we have not been able to secure Serena Williams as she has other commitments," a source close to the organising committee said.

"The presence of Sharapova [world number five] and Venus [number eight], and two others from the world's top 10, will once again ensure this tournament will be of the highest calibre."

It is believed organisers are also looking at Serbian Ana Ivanovic (world number four) and Russian Anna Chakvetadze (number seven) among others.

There had been fears the pull-out of long-term title sponsor Watsons Water would harm the tournament, which has traditionally netted the world's best players. It was estimated the costs of bringing in the stars and running the tournament was in the region of HK$14 million.

Watsons Water ended a seven-year relationship with the Champions Challenge this summer, citing a change in its marketing strategy. But it is understood the real reason for the blue-chip company's withdrawal was the retirement of tennis enthusiast Ian Wade as group managing director.

"Their absence [Watsons] will not jeopardise the tournament and Hong Kong fans will still be able to see the big names in action next year," tournament director Terry Catton insisted in August, when the news broke that the tournament had been robbed of its title sponsor.

"We are still looking for a title sponsor. But the event will go ahead like in previous years. We will have a similar format inviting eight players," long-standing HKTPA official David Ho Wai-tak said.

It is understood the HKTPA has dipped into its own pockets this year to pay the sizeable appearance fees for Sharapova and the other stars. "They don't come any cheaper than in previous years," said one official.

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umm, question: why so many top players play in Hong Kong every year? while there're other tour tournaments and you can get ranking points?

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They pay the players more than the prizemoney at tournaments.

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I would love her to play. Only positives from getting some matches against top players and hopefully another shot against MaSha

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It looks like Anna will play an exhibition with Sharapova in Singapore in Dec 30, then go to Hong Kong.
Anna is starting to get the offers that star players get.
Maria has played exos with Venus and Lindsay. They want 2 stars, to sell tickets.

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Yay!!! More match experience against MaSha

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If Anna goes here, I will seriously consider going to Hong Kong. Really.

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This would be good. The more experience she gets playing with the other top 10 players the better for her as she should become more comfortable playing against them. It is good to see that main star type actions are starting to happen for our Princess.

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This would be good. The more experience she gets playing with the other top 10 players the better for her as she should become more comfortable playing against them. It is good to see that main star type actions are starting to happen for our Princess.
Yep it's great to see Anna getting the attention that all top ten players duly deserved. Getting invited in this exho shows that more people are embracing her as a popular elite player.
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The Singapore exhibition with Sharapova was officially announced. And the Hong Kong draw is out




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Wow I can only hope this will be televised! Two of my favorites play against each other right away. Anna vs Dani should be awesome!

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So Anna and Dani play against each other in singles and play doubles together? interesting.

And what has Wozniacki ever done to deserve a place in this tourney?

Anna should just lose to Dani...and then face Wozniacki in the loser bracket.
Much easier road compared to beating Dani and then facing Maria....we know what happens when Anna plays Maria.

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And what has Wozniacki ever done to deserve a place in this tourney?
Why not? Shes a young, promissing player, people likes her, and would enjoy to pay money to watch her, plus she has a chance to play with the best players here...I think its good that exo gives a chance to young players, like Caroline or Larcher De Brito

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Anna and Daniela playing together! Damn I wish this was televised.
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