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pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:31 PM
http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p3_elene.jpghttp://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p2_yan.jpghttp://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p4_maria.jpghttp://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p1_nicole.jpg


the 2007 8 player lineup is complete and is public

http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/home/index.php#

WTA #3 Sharapova
WTA #4 Kuznetsova
WTA #6 Clijsters (defending champ)
WTA #7 Dementieva
WTA #11 Vaidisova
WTA #18 Davenport
WTA #34 & Doubles #3 Zheng
WTA #155 & Doubles #4 Yan

http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p1_svetlana.jpghttp://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p3_zheng.jpghttp://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p3_davport.jpghttp://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p4_kim.jpg

there is a bit of confusion as Caroline Wozniacki announced she will also play this event :help: :help:

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:34 PM
so I guess Linds is not retiring :lol: and will play a full Australian / Asian tour (Hong Kong, AO, Tokyo)

xin_hui
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:36 PM
what a strong field once again :eek:

pretty surprised to see kim's name. i thought she sounded like she didnt particularly like it this year

Vaidisova
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:38 PM
Nice field of players! :D

Nicole and Kim:bounce:

Nicolás89
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:41 PM
http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/eng/images/profile/p1_nicole.jpg

you could choose a better picture for nicole :tape:

Neptune
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:41 PM
It's an exhibition,right?

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:43 PM
you could choose a better picture for nicole :tape:

that is the pic they put on the website :lol: :devil:

MisterMan
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:43 PM
I guess Sharpie's got another title !
Big names in field but - lack of play from Kim, Linds, Jie - out of form Nicole...

xin_hui
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:45 PM
I guess Sharpie's got another title !
Big names in field but - lack of play from Kim, Linds, Jie - out of form Nicole...

practically every player will have a lack of play at the beginning of the year :p

Andy.
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:46 PM
Great line up

maddogz48
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:47 PM
pretty surprised to see kim's name. i thought she sounded like she didnt particularly like it this year

The Hong Kong organisers probably offered her a nice sum of cash to play there.



I wonder which Australian warmup tournament Serena will play since it's official that she isn't playing in Hong Kong next year.

!<blocparty>!
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:48 PM
So, Lindsay's not retiring.

LUXXXAS
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:51 PM
Lindsay :banana:

MH0861
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:52 PM
I wish Lindsay would play a tournament with ranking points instead, but atleast she's playing.

Dan23
Oct 24th, 2006, 02:56 PM
Dang it...whys Maria playing here again :o

Williams-forever
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:12 PM
So Lindsay's playing next year, and Serena is playing no warm-up tournaments before AO... :)

Craigy
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:15 PM
Serena, what you doin? :unsure:

The Daviator
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:16 PM
Lindsay's playing! :woohoo:

jacobruiz
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:17 PM
Dang it...whys Maria playing here again :o


Wasn't she sick or injured there last time she played?:scratch:

:hearts: Jie is so pretty but her photos don't do her justice.

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:21 PM
Dang it...whys Maria playing here again :o

isn't it obvious :confused: (apperance money)

Milito22
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:21 PM
Sevta :woohoo:

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:24 PM
doubles teams:

Zi / Jie (for sure)

can't see Pova / Sveta / Lena playing doubles together :tape: so it will have to be

Kim / Sveta
Linds / Pova
Lena / Nikki

Viktymise
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:25 PM
goooo lena :D and nikki v :D

LDF
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:27 PM
Lindsay :woohoo:

Nice line-up once again :)

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:31 PM
this bodes ominously for Venus & Serena
will they even go to Australia?

LDF
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:37 PM
this bodes ominously for Venus & Serena
will they even go to Australia?

Venus is due to play the Hopman Cup ;)

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:44 PM
Venus is due to play the Hopman Cup ;)

oops I forgot about that :lol:
where Serena gonna play? Gold Coast :lol: Auckland :lol: Sydney :o (not after she got injured there) Hobart :tape:

Paneru
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:44 PM
this bodes ominously for Venus & Serena
will they even go to Australia?
Oh spare me! :lol:

V&S have played many years before
w/o any warm-up's so it means squat! :angel:

Serena just has to be healthy & fit
and it'll take care of itself at the OZ
with or w/o a tune-up event.

Besides, Venus will be @ the Hopman Cup.

Scots Kim Fan
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:45 PM
Kim and Sveta playing :woohoo:

Hope they play the doubles together :bounce:

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:46 PM
what a strong field once again :eek:

pretty surprised to see kim's name. i thought she sounded like she didnt particularly like it this year

didn't she win the event :confused:
why didn't she like it :devil:

bis2806
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:47 PM
Woot woot!!! Go Lindsay :D

TiK-Tee
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Lena :D

Viktymise
Oct 24th, 2006, 04:00 PM
Hope lena can win it again it was great when she won in 05 :bounce:

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 04:01 PM
so Venus & Nadia play Hopman Cup
these players play in Hong Kong
Ana & Hingis signed up for Gold Coast

LindsayRulz
Oct 24th, 2006, 04:38 PM
Lindsay! :bounce:

mike/topgun
Oct 24th, 2006, 05:10 PM
:eek:
what a field:p

Lindsay's on the list - what means nothing at this stage:tape:

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 05:36 PM
:eek:
what a field:p

Lindsay's on the list - what means nothing at this stage:tape:

you mean she may retire and withdraw :confused:

Mileen
Oct 24th, 2006, 06:17 PM
what a strong field once again :eek:

pretty surprised to see kim's name. i thought she sounded like she didnt particularly like it this year

I've read the opposite: that she liked it a lot to play there and had a great time with the other players. They had laughed a lot together. Also, she was very happy to win the event. It felt good to win, she said.

I really hope you will succeed in attending HK !!!!!!!! Enjoy!!!!

:wavey:

Melusine
Oct 24th, 2006, 06:20 PM
Kim :help:

I thought I read she wouldn't be flying into that cold country ever again :p

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 06:21 PM
some hotties playing here
hoping for a final between

Zi Yan :hearts: & Lena Dementieva :drool:

BARBIE
Oct 24th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Why can't sveta play doubles with lenaD ??? :shrug:

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 06:31 PM
Why can't sveta play doubles with lenaD ??? :shrug:

I thought they hated each other :devil: over comments made after the Juju 2004 exhibition :tape:

Melusine
Oct 24th, 2006, 06:43 PM
didn't she win the event :confused:
why didn't she like it :devil:
as she left, she wrote in her diary she found it too soon after the Christmas/New Year's festivities ;)

and she did find it too cold there :lol:

on the other hand, it is a great event to prepare :)

Slumpsova
Oct 24th, 2006, 07:07 PM
OMG how much did they pay for those? :bowdown:

Ellery
Oct 24th, 2006, 07:39 PM
That's a really nice pic of Zi :worship:

Ellery
Oct 24th, 2006, 07:42 PM
Although I really feel bad about Zi playing here. She gets $, but she'll just lose 1 and 1 or something and it's not gonna help her confidence :o She might as well play in Gold Coast or something and win a match or 2. :shrug:

mike/topgun
Oct 24th, 2006, 07:45 PM
Originally Posted by pierce0415
you mean she may retire and withdraw :confused:
no
but being on the list like 11 weeks before an exo event isn't a relevant proof that she's planning to play 2007...anyway, Lindsay's on the list so it's a good sign, nothing more;)

pierce0415
Oct 24th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Although I really feel bad about Zi playing here. She gets $, but she'll just lose 1 and 1 or something and it's not gonna help her confidence :o She might as well play in Gold Coast or something and win a match or 2. :shrug:

with her current rank, she would need to play qualies in Gold Coast :o
anyway, the Hong Kong people want to see Jie / Zi play doubles

it is sad for Zi's singles ranking because that means she will not play a Main Draw WTA match in January unless she qualifies for AO :sad:

Ellery
Oct 24th, 2006, 07:49 PM
with her current rank, she would need to play qualies in Gold Coast :o
anyway, the Hong Kong people want to see Jie / Zi play doubles

it is sad for Zi's singles ranking because that means she will not play a Main Draw WTA match in January unless she qualifies for AO :sad:
I think right now playing quali can help Zi get her confidence back. And winning matches in quali is still better than losing in the first round of all MD's :o Hopefully she'll be ready for AO quali.

pierce0415
Oct 25th, 2006, 12:50 PM
I think right now playing quali can help Zi get her confidence back. And winning matches in quali is still better than losing in the first round of all MD's :o Hopefully she'll be ready for AO quali.

GO ZI !!! Win Hong Kong!

bucklemyshoe
Oct 25th, 2006, 12:56 PM
HK splashes cash, nets Sharapova
(South China Morning Post )
Updated: 2006-10-25 09:18

Attracting the "biggest name in women's tennis" has cost a pretty penny, but organisers say they will get more than their money's worth when glamorous Russian Maria Sharapova steps out at the 2007 Watsons Water Champions Challenge.

US Open champion Sharapova will spearhead a strong line-up, which includes defending Hong Kong champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium, for the January 3-6 tournament at Victoria Park.

"It is not getting any cheaper to convince Sharapova to come here. But by hook or by crook, we have managed to get her to come to Hong Kong. It took a bit of discussion to get her to agree," revealed Ian Wade, president of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons Association (HKTPA).

The rest of the eight-strong field comprises Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva, Czech Nicole Vaidisova, American Lindsay Davenport and Chinese stars Zheng Jie and Yan Zi.

"We have six grand slam champions," said co-tournament director Terry Catton. The sum of money dished out to lure big names, in this case Sharapova, was kept under wraps. But it is reliably understood the two-time grand slam winner - she also won Wimbledon in 2004 - commanded a seven-figure fee.

"We thought she was important for our event. She is the biggest personality in tennis," Wade said.

Organisers are hoping that by the time Sharapova turns up in Hong Kong she will be the world's number one.

She is third in the WTA rankings, behind Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne, but moved close to finishing the year as number one after she won the Zurich Open last week.

Soon after winning her fourth title of the year, Sharapova downplayed the significance of being number one. "I don't feel it's a huge deal. I honestly don't remember who ended the year number one last year. You remember people who won grand slams."

She added: "Of course being number one is a great achievement. That's what every girl dreams of when they're growing up and playing tennis. If I get the chance [again] then it's great."

Wade, who alluded to the fact Sharapova's fee had gone up considerably since she bagged the US Open crown last month, is a big fan. In his role as group managing director of AS Watson, Wade played a major role in luring her back to Hong Kong - by providing Sharapova's appearance money.

Wade has dipped into his own pocket to acquire Sharapova memorabilia. "Last time she was here, I paid HK$500,000 in a charity auction for her playing kit. The prize keeps going up. I have no intention of out-bidding myself this time," he said.

Catton revealed Hong Kong's case had been helped by the fact Sharapova would be playing in another exhibition event - in South Korea - just before arriving here.

"She will be in Asia, playing in a one-day exhibition event in Korea, just before coming to Hong Kong. Soon after our event she will leave for Melbourne to prepare for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event in 2007," Catton said.

While China's doubles specialists Zheng and Yan - the pair won Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year - will draw huge support from local fans, it is Sharapova who will be the darling of the crowds.

"We are happy that she is coming back. Hong Kong `discovered' her four years ago, and she is certainly special," added Wade.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/2006-10/25/content_716300.htm

Sharapova's_Boy
Oct 25th, 2006, 12:56 PM
OMG, if Masha and Nikki play doubles together... :drool:

RJWCapriati
Oct 25th, 2006, 01:27 PM
:bounce:

xin_hui
Oct 25th, 2006, 01:34 PM
I've read the opposite: that she liked it a lot to play there and had a great time with the other players. They had laughed a lot together. Also, she was very happy to win the event. It felt good to win, she said.

I really hope you will succeed in attending HK !!!!!!!! Enjoy!!!!

:wavey:

like what melusine said, i was more of referring to her alluding that she didnt really like the cold weather, which isnt a good preparation for australia

and thank u :hug:

ioni
Oct 25th, 2006, 01:36 PM
masha :banana: :banana: :banana: