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space_gracie
May 10th, 2006, 04:23 AM
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.

Greenout
May 10th, 2006, 04:25 AM
I'm in - if they make it to S'pore. :)

RatedR Superstar
May 10th, 2006, 04:27 AM
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 :rolleyes: :lol:

Greenout
May 10th, 2006, 04:29 AM
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 :rolleyes: :lol:


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.

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 04:33 AM
ok, i'm going to watch martina :hearts: with earplugs when i watch sharapova

RatedR Superstar
May 10th, 2006, 04:34 AM
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 :p

padawanpot
May 10th, 2006, 04:39 AM
Hah! Araneta Coliseum is 10 minutes from where i live. I am there. i don't particularly support either player, but damn Im there.

space_gracie
May 10th, 2006, 04:46 AM
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.:D

rhz
May 10th, 2006, 04:46 AM
No Indonesia???

akosijepoy
May 10th, 2006, 04:46 AM
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! :)

RatedR Superstar
May 10th, 2006, 04:53 AM
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 :rolleyes: :lol: :lol:

bellascarlett
May 10th, 2006, 04:53 AM
Oh somebody just told me about this. very good news! I wish I could go...:sad:...

CoryAnnAvants#1
May 10th, 2006, 04:54 AM
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.

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 04:58 AM
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 :rolleyes: :lol: :lol:

what? F4 going to manila was a mania? :lol: :tape:

svetafecionado
May 10th, 2006, 05:01 AM
I want to go to araneta too.

I just hope the ticket prices are not too expensive.

RatedR Superstar
May 10th, 2006, 05:02 AM
what? F4 going to manila was a mania? :lol: :tape:

yup...so sad isnt? how i wished that i had a bazooka back then so that i could have blown their candy little asses from here to china town :lol:

svetafecionado
May 10th, 2006, 05:04 AM
yup...so sad isnt? how i wished that i had a bazooka back then so that i could have blown their candy little asses from here to china town :lol:

:lol:

RatedR Superstar
May 10th, 2006, 05:05 AM
I want to go to araneta too.

I just hope the ticket prices are not too expensive.

expect it to be expensive, theyre gonna pay masha and hingis big money for coming here, thyre definitely gonna jack up the price

azi
May 10th, 2006, 05:07 AM
it will be good if it push thru..

svetafecionado
May 10th, 2006, 05:09 AM
expect it to be expensive, theyre gonna pay masha and hingis big money for coming here, thyre definitely gonna jack up the price

I just hope its not bigger than the price when the wrestling guys came here

RatedR Superstar
May 10th, 2006, 05:12 AM
I just hope its not bigger than the price when the wrestling guys came here

dont remind me that again :sad: those bastards!!! :fiery: i was suppose to watch front row, it supposed to be just around P3000, but all of a sudden they jack it up :mad: i didnt wanna watch if it aint front row so i stayed at home :(

space_gracie
May 10th, 2006, 05:13 AM
I just hope its not bigger than the price when the wrestling guys came here

I doubt that it would be as expensive as that. After all, tennis is not that popular here in our country, which is really sad.

Anyway, half of the guys out there who would be filling the seats in Araneta surely doesn't know single thing about tennis. They'd be there just to see Sharapova for sure. Like when F4 were here, 90% who watched their concert doesn't know how to speak chinese but sings along with F4's songs withour understanding its meaning. :tape:

padawanpot
May 10th, 2006, 05:14 AM
But there are probably more wrestling fans here than there are tennis fans. And people will more likely be Masha and Martina fans than tennis fans, so... i dont know what that will do to those prices. Its a long way from now so i guess i can save for it!

bellascarlett
May 10th, 2006, 05:16 AM
I doubt that it would be as expensive as that. After all, tennis is not that popular here in our country, which is really sad.

Anyway, half of the guys out there who would be filling the seats in Araneta surely doesn't know single thing about tennis. They'd be there just to see Sharapova for sure.

exactly...:o...oh definitely...

svetafecionado
May 10th, 2006, 05:16 AM
dont remind me that again :sad: those bastards!!! :fiery: i was suppose to watch front row, it supposed to be just around P3000, but all of a sudden they jack it up :mad: i didnt wanna watch if it aint front row so i stayed at home :(

tss.that's sad.hope it doesn't happen with the match.

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 05:18 AM
Anyway, half of the guys out there who would be filling the seats in Araneta surely doesn't know single thing about tennis. They'd be there just to see Sharapova for sure. Like when F4 were here, 90% who watched their concert doesn't know how to speak chinese but sings along with F4's songs withour understanding its meaning. :tape:

陪你去看流星雨 落在这地球上:lol:

conclusion: stupid song, stupid groupies

space_gracie
May 10th, 2006, 05:23 AM
陪你去看流星雨 落在这地球上:lol:

conclusion: stupid song, stupid groupies

and stupid colonial mentality which I hope we, Filipinos, can get rid of :D

Dan23
May 10th, 2006, 05:28 AM
more exo's similar to the Japan thing last year...along with some Motorola/Tag Heuer/Perfume flogging as well no doubt :hehehe:

why do people make it clear they dont like Maria before saying theyll go anyway? :scratch: :lol:
save your seat for someone else then :p

morningglory
May 10th, 2006, 05:34 AM
陪你去看流星雨 落在这地球上:lol:

conclusion: stupid song, stupid groupies
:lol: pardon me, I am still a student of Chinese... but...

"I go with you see the stars rain upon the earth"
Dude... aren't meteors dangerous or something? :confused: :haha:

bellascarlett
May 10th, 2006, 05:36 AM
why do people make it clear they dont like Maria before saying theyll go anyway? :scratch: :lol:
save your seat for someone else then :p

:lol:...yeah and im sure some will go even if it was just maria...;)

RatedR Superstar
May 10th, 2006, 05:36 AM
more exo's similar to the Japan thing last year...along with some Motorola/Tag Heuer/Perfume flogging as well no doubt :hehehe:

why do people make it clear they dont like Maria before saying theyll go anyway? :scratch: :lol:
save your seat for someone else then :p

bec they like martina hingis...
save your smartass comments for someone else :p

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 05:38 AM
more exo's similar to the Japan thing last year...along with some Motorola/Tag Heuer/Perfume flogging as well no doubt :hehehe:

why do people make it clear they dont like Maria before saying theyll go anyway? :scratch: :lol:
save your seat for someone else then :p

well, there's still MARTINA HINGIS :p . sharapova's not the only player there, u know ;)


:lol: pardon me, I am still a student of Chinese... but...

"I go with you see the stars rain upon the earth"
Dude... aren't meteors dangerous or something? :confused: :haha:


stupid lyrics right? that's the whole point :o

tabieonelove
May 10th, 2006, 05:42 AM
Crap... if this pushes through im gonna freak... and not in a good way... cuz you see my Family was like Big in the PI cuz of my Graandpa who was a famous boxer back then.. you i could get in to these stuff and i could possibly meet Maria... you know... but... im in the freakin US.... and november i got stupid school............ AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im sooooo gonna hate this.................... Maria Better come to Vegas...........

space_gracie
May 10th, 2006, 05:55 AM
Crap... if this pushes through im gonna freak... and not in a good way... cuz you see my Family was like Big in the PI cuz of my Graandpa who was a famous boxer back then.. you i could get in to these stuff and i could possibly meet Maria... you know... but... im in the freakin US.... and november i got stupid school............ AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im sooooo gonna hate this.................... Maria Better come to Vegas...........

I wonder who your grandpa is... :confused:

Dan23
May 10th, 2006, 05:56 AM
well, there's still MARTINA HINGIS :p . sharapova's not the only player there, u know ;)
cant let the facts get in the way of a good bad joke :ras: ;)

RatedR Superstar
May 10th, 2006, 05:57 AM
I wonder who your grandpa is... :confused:

maybe the great flash elorde :worship:

morningglory
May 10th, 2006, 06:10 AM
OMG did a search... :o
(Vic Zhou) wen rou de xing kong
ying gai rang ni gan dong
wo zai ni sheng hou wei ni bu zhi yi pian tian kong

(Jerry Yan) bu zhun ni nan guo
ti ni bai ping ji mo
meng xiang de zhong liang quan bu dou jiao gei wo

(Vanness Wu) qian ni shou gen zhe wo zou
feng zai da you zen yang
ni you le wo
zai ye bu hui mi lu fang xiang

(F4) pei ni qu kan liu xing yu
luo zai zhe di qiu shang
rang ni de lei luo zai wo jian bang

yao ni xiang xin wo de ai
zhi ken wei ni yong gan
ni hui kan jian xing fu de suo zai

(Jerry Yan) shang gan luo tai duo
xin diu gei wo bao hu
pi juan de yan huo wo hui ti ni dou gan zhou

(Vic Zhou) can lan de yan yu
zhi neng dian zhui gan qing
ru guo wo cheng mo yin wei wo zhen de ai ni

(Ken Zhu) qian ni shou gen zhe wo zhou
feng zai da you zen yang
ni you le wo
zai ye bu hui mi lu fang xiang

(F4) pei ni qu kan liu xing yu
luo zai zhe di qiu shang
rang ni de lei luo zai wo jian bang

yao ni xiang xin wo de ai
zhi ken wei ni yong gan
ni hui kan jian xing fu de suo zai

yu he yun jian jian shang kai
sa xia yi pian wen nuan
wo yao fen xiang ni yan zhong de lei guang

pei ni qu kan liu xing yu
luo zai zhe di qiu shang
rang ni de lei luo zai wo jian bang

yao ni xiang xin wo de ai
zhi ken wei ni yong gan
ni hui kan jian xing fu de suo zai
pei ni qu kan liu xing yu
luo zai zhe di qiu shang
rang ni de lei luo zai wo jian bang

yao ni xiang xin wo de ai
zhi ken wei ni yong gan
ni hui kan jian xing fu de suo zai

(Vanness Wu) ni hui kan jian xing fu de suo zai
http://www.go2lyrics.com/F/F4/155314.html
Ur right... it is kinda lame... and weird as much as I can make out... (they didn't even put in proper pinyin) :o

Starry sky, makes you feel moved... I am behind you... decorating a piece of the sky (wth?)
Your loneliness... give me your dreams that didn't come true... :confused:
Extend your hand.. here, take my hand. No matter how strong the wind, you already have me. Now you won't get lost. (yuck!) :ras:

Go with you see the stars rain upon the earth...
Until your tears fall on my shoulder.
I want you to believe in my love, ...for you be brave.
You can see the true joy.

The tears are too much, give me your heart. I'll repel your tiredness.

shining words are pretty decorations. I am silent because I really love you. eww...

*Chorus*

This one's really weird:
the rain stops, the sky above opens, leaving a piece of heat underneath. Share with me your tears.

*Chorus*

..... So they go out to watch meteors and they sorta got burnt and cried? :haha: some Chinese speakers might wanna enlighten me some on this...
Dunno when I read it over I start to think of FFVII's Cloud's Meteorain Limit Break...

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 06:14 AM
it's just a love song. a boyband singing about going to watch the meteors, taking care of the girl, blah blah blah

they were really popular in their heyday :tape:. the best thing was, they ALL couldnt sing:o

space_gracie
May 10th, 2006, 06:14 AM
what? F4 going to manila was a mania? :lol: :tape:

Oh, you have no idea! IMHO, it wasn't a mania... it was a revolution! Comparable to the russian revolution 2004 in women's tennis :rolleyes:

morningglory
May 10th, 2006, 06:15 AM
:haha:
http://jwr.altervista.org/immagini/MFC/044Meteorain.jpg

http://mud.mm-a3.yimg.com/image/684892509

Meteorain! :rocker:

frankly I fail to see how this could be romantic... :o

Junex
May 10th, 2006, 06:24 AM
:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

svetafecionado
May 10th, 2006, 06:39 AM
Oh, you have no idea! IMHO, it wasn't a mania... it was a revolution! Comparable to the russian revolution 2004 in women's tennis :rolleyes:

i remember their concert 2 or 3 years ago here.only 2 members came but there were thousands of people who watched.i thought a stampede will occur that time.

WSfan
May 10th, 2006, 07:44 AM
That's good to hear that tennis is coming over to the Philippines... Hopefully it will influence people to play tennis and go pro. We definitely need some Filipino players on tour for sure. Also sucks that it's in November, if it is going to go through. I won't be able to go... Damn classes. But i guess i'll see them in the US Open anyway ;P

space_gracie
May 10th, 2006, 07:46 AM
WSfan: i didn't know you're filipino... anyway, you're lucky you're going to the USO and see/meet players other than Sharapova :D

azi
May 10th, 2006, 07:52 AM
i would definitely go if for MARIA only...

spec7er
May 10th, 2006, 08:32 AM
I'll definitely try to catch this. I got totally surprised when I read it on the newspaper a while ago. Sharapova will get mobbed. :lol: Filipinos love celebrities and plus she's blonde.

I think prices will be comparable to the prices when Triple H and company went here. Sharapova's pretty popular in the Philippines already.

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 08:36 AM
plus she's blonde.



no wonder sharapova herself thinks she's popular in asia because she's blonde :rolleyes:

Mark for Martina
May 10th, 2006, 08:50 AM
Hingis is pretty popular here as well... :)
I think she was voted as the most popular female athlete here before her haitus...

Definitely gonna catch this...

Last time I saw Martina was US Open 2002 against Coetzer...

Junex
May 10th, 2006, 09:20 AM
Wow, If not of this thread i never have any idea the vast filipino members posting on this board!

Kumusta mga kababayan!!!

Aerien
May 10th, 2006, 09:25 AM
Wow, If not of this thread i never have any idea the vast filipino members posting on this board!

Kumusta mga kababayan!!!

We have our own chat thread! :lol:

Yes! Money is no object for me if it concerns watching Martina. :bounce:

As for the F4 thing, two words: MAID STAMPEDE! :o

azi
May 10th, 2006, 09:29 AM
Wow, If not of this thread i never have any idea the vast filipino members posting on this board!

Kumusta mga kababayan!!!


kumusta, junex

Junex
May 10th, 2006, 09:34 AM
We have our own chat thread! :lol:

Yes! Money is no object for me if it concerns watching Martina. :bounce:

As for the F4 thing, two words: MAID STAMPEDE! :o



I know that chat thread and I think i posted there once or twice...

but im too lazy to venture to non-tennis...I am a GM poster... :lol:


Anyway....I am extremely amaze of the number of filipino posters who are actually living in the Philippines... I think i am one of the first....


:wavey:

Junex
May 10th, 2006, 09:37 AM
As for the F4 thing....well i would like to be honest that i have been a fan of them too...
though i am not considering myself a fanatic to go as far as line-up and crowd myslf to just see them, I kinda fell for them because of the "Meteor Garden" Soap.

Its really a nice Series.....and if not of it, i couldn't be bothered about F4.

space_gracie
May 10th, 2006, 10:00 AM
Same here, I didn't know that there's a lot of us here. Would you guys mind telling me where the chat thread is so I could join you there? :)

Maria Croft
May 10th, 2006, 10:11 AM
:yeah:

lukehingis
May 10th, 2006, 10:24 AM
I'm from singapore but I won't be there in Novemeber :sad:

spec7er
May 10th, 2006, 11:04 AM
no wonder sharapova herself thinks she's popular in asia because she's blonde :rolleyes:
It was more of a comment towards the Filipinos, since a lot of Filipinos have this thing with blondes and Westerners. :D

wateva
May 10th, 2006, 11:05 AM
:eek: omG!!!!! i need to save money now!!! :hearts:

madame_maria
May 10th, 2006, 11:20 AM
:eek: omG!!!!! i need to save money now!!! :hearts:

same here!

i'll pay ANY AMOUNT to watch Maria and Martina. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 11:35 AM
:eek: omG!!!!! i need to save money now!!! :hearts:

why are u so excited? u a big fan of sharapova and martina meh?

wateva
May 10th, 2006, 11:38 AM
why are u so excited? u a big fan of sharapova and martina meh?
when do we ever get to see tennis players?! even if likhovtseva comes, i might also go lor.:lol:

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 11:41 AM
when do we ever get to see tennis players?! even if likhovtseva comes, i might also go lor.:lol:

yah, if penetta and koukalova come? ;)

wateva
May 10th, 2006, 11:42 AM
yah, if penetta and koukalova come? ;)
i'll go there and slap their faces den ask for their autographs.;)

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 11:51 AM
i'll go there and slap their faces den ask for their autographs.;)

two-faced :p

M$forehand
May 10th, 2006, 11:53 AM
I cant recall any top wta players ever coming to Manila for an exhibition match. So this is quite special for tennis fans like us. And hopefully, this will spark an appreciation of the game for the Pinoys.

Hope we could see each other at the Big Dome...
Lalo ka na Junex. I have already met Gracie at Lena's official website forum.

silverwhite
May 10th, 2006, 12:06 PM
I hope it does push through :D

silverwhite
May 10th, 2006, 12:08 PM
yah, if penetta and koukalova come? ;)

:haha:

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 12:10 PM
I hope it does push through :D

if it really happens, i think singamafia will all be there to watch martina :angel:

Direwolf
May 10th, 2006, 05:33 PM
I like both and I really wanted to see Sharapova vs Venus...and no...im not gonna get sick of it..!! But...I really dont know why some people here dont like Venus at all...
I mean...i saw in the newspaper once, Venus defeated Sharapova in the Exhibition in korea(?)..or in some exhibition... and yet.. they showed Sharapovas pict in action.. and not Venus'....i really wanna call that newspaper company thing...but...i was just too happy that Venus won, so i didnt bother... hehe.

spiceboy
May 10th, 2006, 05:37 PM
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.


What an accurate article :tape:

QUEENLINDSAY
May 10th, 2006, 06:34 PM
well, its a good news that Philippines is participating and developing tennis in Manila. I just wish though that Its not just for the money.

Are they playing on a shell court? LOL just wondrin.

QUEENLINDSAY
May 10th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Guys please stop talking about F4, lets just talk tennis. I just cant stand these mania!

WSfan
May 10th, 2006, 09:46 PM
well, its a good news that Philippines is participating and developing tennis in Manila. I just wish though that Its not just for the money.

Are they playing on a shell court? LOL just wondrin.

That aint a bad idea of playing in a shell court :) I'd like to see how they'd do on it too.

----Yea Space_Grace I'm Filipino!! Just that I've been on quiet mode within the last few months reading and laughing at other persons' posts and criticisms about my faves.

-----Kumusta Junex!!!

tabieonelove
May 10th, 2006, 10:39 PM
I wonder who your grandpa is... :confused:

my lolo is Elorde... :)

Aerien
May 11th, 2006, 12:44 AM
I wonder if Mommy Melanie will be part of Martina's entourage. :angel:

Now that shellcourt idea is interesting. If not, maybe a concrete one. Just to see their reactions of course.

:SIGH: Why does Martina's clinic have to be all the way in Alabang. :sad:

Alan
May 11th, 2006, 02:03 AM
haaaa im already losing sleep with just the thought of it :D :D :D

Mark for Martina
May 11th, 2006, 02:32 AM
Yeah! A shell court in the middle of the big dome will be great!

Has there ever been a tournament played on shell?

Also, maybe we could make the a meet up out of this...

space_gracie
May 11th, 2006, 02:50 AM
my lolo is Elorde... :)

Nice! :worship:

I hope you could be here on November if this pushes through so you could get us all prime tickets for the event :p

tabieonelove
May 11th, 2006, 02:58 AM
i hope so too but i got school........ and like my grandma like knows the sports people there so you know connections.... but i guess i can't my dad sez it's to early for me to go home... i guess my best hope is that she comes to visit Agassi here in Vegas and like do some clinics....

Buitenzorg
May 11th, 2006, 10:11 AM
I would go to Singapore :)

PLP
May 11th, 2006, 10:16 AM
What an accurate article :tape:
I know... :lol: