Jul 6th, 2008, 03:22 AM
The sisters are both signed to be at the East West Tourney at the Home Depot Center in Carson in two weeks. Serena usually plays but Vee has pulled out the last few years. It is near to Beijing Olympics. I hope they show up, I go every year.
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:45 AM
I believe you but are there any source
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:52 AM
SERENA & VENUS WILLIAMS HIGHLIGHT EARLY ENTRIES FOR THE 2008 EAST WEST BANK CLASSIC PRESENTED BY HERBALIFE (Buy Tickets (http://www.ticketmaster.com/cgi/outsider.plx?CAMEFROM=AEGLAOP_WMAINLAX010108AEG001&GOTO=http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/836224/?search_redirect=EAst%20west%20bank%20classic&tm_link=tm_header_search))
Williams Sisters to Compete in Los Angeles' Headline Tournament for the First Time Since 2004
CARSON, CA (Thursday, May 15, 2008) – Sony Ericsson WTA Tour superstars Serena and Venus Williams are among the first to announce their participation in Southern California’s most prestigious summer tennis tradition, the 2008 East West Bank Classic presented by Herbalife on the hard courts of The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson.
Joining Serena and Venus in the 56-player field will be current No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 4 Jelena Jankovic, No. 10 Daniela Hantuchova and No. 17 Nicole Vaidisova. Kuznetsova, Jankovic, Hantuchova and Vaidisova have all had successful runs in recent editions of the East West Bank Classic at The Home Depot Center; Jankovic was the runner up in 2006.
"The 2008 East West Bank Classic presented by Herbalife will once again, showcase a world-class field of champions featuring the world’s most popular players," said Scott Hanley, Vice President, AEG Sports. "Beginning with our local favorites Serena and Venus Williams coming back home to Carson together, we have already received commitments from six of the world’s top sixteen players. Southern California tennis fans can once again look forward to seeing the best players in the world competing for not only this prestigious tournament’s championship, but important Olympus US Open Series points as well."
"As part of the ‘Ultimate Tennis Celebration,’ our fans will also be treated to a week of exciting tennis promotions, offers and special events including our now traditional spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night, and popular tennis-related giveaways for children and adults," Hanley added.
About the Tournament
The East West Bank Classic presented by Herbalife, in its 39th year, is one of the most historic events in women’s tennis and is being held for the fifth consecutive year at The Home Depot Center. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier II event offers prize money of $600,000 to the 56-player singles and 16-team doubles draws. The distinguished tournament champions list includes Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, all of whom have also been ranked No. 1 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour during their careers.
The East West Bank Classic presented by Herbalife is part of the prestigious Olympus US Open Series, which links 9 summer hard-court tournaments to the famed US Open. This year’s East West Bank Classic marks the fifth year players competing in the US Open Series tournaments will be vying for bonus prize money at the US Open. Players competing in the "summer season" of tennis at the participating Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments will receive Olympus US Open Series points, which will ultimately earn the series winner the opportunity to double her US Open prize purse.
The East West Bank Classic presented by Herbalife offers a variety of ticket packages on sale now. All event ticket packages, including all 13 sessions of play, including the outer grounds pass, start at just $250.00. In addition, weekend packages which include the final five sessions of the tournament played on Friday (two sessions), Saturday (two semi-final sessions) and the finals on Sunday start at only $150.00. Ticket discounts, great benefits, and the best seat locations are offered with each ticket plan.
Tennis fans purchasing these packages can save up to 48% off the regular price of individual tickets! Groups of 10 or more can also now order discounted tickets to single sessions. For more information on all ticket packages, VIP Hospitality Suites and sponsorship/exhibit opportunities, call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS (1-877-234-8425) or visit www.eastwestbankclassic.com (http://www.eastwestbankclassic.com/). Individual tickets to single sessions will go on sale in June through www.ticketmaster.com (http://www.ticketmaster.com/).
About the Players
Taking home her 31st career title in Charleston at the end of April, Serena Williams, will highlight the list of elite players to compete at this year’s East West Bank Classic. The eight-time Grand Slam champion, and former No. 1 ranked player in the world, started off 2008 winning two titles; at Banaglore and Miami, both in March. In Miami, she defeated world No. 1-ranked Justin Henin, and is now 10-10 lifetime against world No. 1s. 2007 was an incredible comeback year for Williams after injuries in 2006, earning singles titles at the Australian Open and Miami.
Venus Williams, current world No. 9, and a six-time Grand Slam champion, won three titles in 2007; Memphis, Wimbledon and Seoul. Her win at Wimbledon was her sixth Grand Slam title, and the fourth overall at Wimbledon (2007, 2005, 2001 and 2000). She has 36 career titles to her name, and both she and her sister Serena were both raised in Compton, Calif., just a few miles from The Home Depot Center in Carson.
No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova will compete at this year’s tournament for the first time since 2005. With nine career titles and one Grand Slam win in 2004 at the US Open, Kuznetsova started 2008 off strong, as the runner up at Dubai in February, and at Indian Wells in March. In 2007, she won at New Haven, and in 2006, she won at Miami, Bali and Beijing.
Jelena Jankovic, currently ranked No.4 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, will play in the East West Bank Classic for her third straight year. In 2006, she was the runner up, beating Serena Williams en route to the finals, eventually losing to Elena Dementieva in the championship match. 2007 was Jankovic’s breakthrough season, earning her first top 10 finish, and winning four titles (Auckland, Charleston, Rome and Birmingham). She has started off 2008 strong, reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, Dubai and Indian Wells, and the finals at Miami.
Playing in the East West Bank Classic for the fifth straight year, Daniela Hantuchova, has earned respect at The Home Depot Center, competing each year since the tournament opened in Carson and consistently finishing well. Hantuchova holds three career titles, and captured two last year at Indian Wells and Linz. This year, she reached the semifinals at the Australian Open – her best Grand Slam finish to date – and also had consecutive quarterfinal finishes at Paris (Indoors), Antwerp and Indian Wells.
Nicole Vaidisova had an outstanding season on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in 2007, highlighted by two Grand Slam quarterfinals finishes at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and her second Grand Slam semifinals appearance at the Australian Open. Vaidisova, who reached the quarterfinals or better at 10 of her 14 Tour events in 2007, hails from Prague, Czech Republic and is currently No. 17 in the world.
About East West Bank
East West Bancorp is a publicly owned company, with $11.8 billion in assets, whose stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "EWBC." The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, East West Bank, is the second largest independent commercial bank headquartered in Southern California with 72 branch locations. East West Bank serves the community with 70 branch locations across Southern and Northern California and a branch location in Houston, Texas. East West Bank has three international locations in Greater China, including a full-service branch in Hong Kong and representative offices in Beijing and Shanghai. For more information on East West Bancorp, visit the company’s website at www.eastwestbank.com (http://www.eastwestbank.com/).
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