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wongqks
Sep 13th, 2002, 10:54 AM
Yeah it is true, she is stopping by Hong Kong and should have arrived here by now. She will hold a press conference around this time and tonight she will go on a shopping trip (be sure the Hong Kong frenzy media will be following her everywhere she goes LOL)
tomorrow night she will hold a demostration night showing all the moves and shot serena has in an exhibition/training section, unfortuneately I can't get hold of any tickets coz it looks like they only sell to people who will purchase the Salem Open in hong Kong for men later next week :(

Raisin
Sep 13th, 2002, 11:00 AM
OMG please do something, Serena is everywhere:cool:

irma
Sep 13th, 2002, 11:03 AM
:cool:
Serena rules the world

King Aaron
Sep 13th, 2002, 11:41 AM
lol!! Serena! :D

martinafan
Sep 13th, 2002, 11:57 AM
oh so this is true!!

A news reporter from asia (from some cable channel i have) mentioned something about serena stopping in Hong Kong for an exhibition this weekend....hadn't heard anything about it before that...

anyone have any news about it?

wongqks
Sep 13th, 2002, 12:22 PM
well she just hold a press conference in a famous hotel in hong Kong (sorry forgot the name) she talked about her aim for next year saying she has no pressure and she will be happy as long as she can win one slam next year. She also reconfirmed that Venus is okay and they are and will still be very close no matter what happen on the tennis court

Williams Rulez
Sep 13th, 2002, 12:29 PM
Oh no... why can she stop by Singapore! :sad:

Greenout
Sep 13th, 2002, 01:24 PM
Fun report Wongqks. Shopping. Really why
not Singapore too?. We have the best selection,
and prices for watches here. :)

Great to see her make the effort to do the press
conference in HK. We may not agree about Serena's
on court persona;but off court she's doing a great
job of taking the responsibility of Champion to the
public.

Alot of people didn't think she would do the Toyota
Princess Cup since..hey it's only a Tier 2 etc.. But,
I'm really happy to see a top player give Asia the
attention it deserves; not just when their on a losing
streak or unable to make the draw in a European
tournament. I think Asia WTA fans deserve something
back.

Thanks Serena for giving the kids on this side of
the tennis planet a nod, and a wink.

wongqks
Sep 13th, 2002, 01:50 PM
yeah greenout, Serena will fly to Tokyo on Sunday I think.

It is so nice that she will come to HK and also to tokyo, Serena is doing a great job being the no.1, her outgoing attitude make her so media friendly

Greenout
Sep 13th, 2002, 01:55 PM
If we look back on past years...not many winners of
the US OPEN did an Asia tour after winning in NYC.
I like that Serena is doing a mini Asia tour; it shows me
that she's aware that tennis is beyond just the USA and
Europe.

tennischick
Sep 13th, 2002, 02:14 PM
this is so cool. i just hope she's cured of her shopping addiction or else she'll just have to win a few more Slams to help pay the bills...:p :p

Williams Rulez
Sep 13th, 2002, 03:06 PM
Oh no... now I know why she has been winning so much... her shopping bills are too high... :p


But seriously, where does she store all the things she buys? :eek:

wongqks
Sep 13th, 2002, 03:08 PM
hehe all williams fan, I am sure tomorrow newspaper will talk about it, since my dad work in newspaper, maybe he can tell me a bit more, I will update this tomorrow morning when I read the paper okay :)

Greenout
Sep 13th, 2002, 03:17 PM
Was the press conference held at the Peninsula hotel?

wongqks
Sep 13th, 2002, 03:18 PM
I dunno it is in Admiralty if you know where it is. There are two famous hotel in there, one is Sanri-la (sorry abd spelling LOL) the other I forgot and that i the one she went to

martinafan
Sep 13th, 2002, 03:18 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20020913/capt.1031916438hong_kong_tennis_williams_hk106.jpg

World number one tennis player Serena Williams answers a question during a press conference in Hong Kong Friday, Sept. 13, 2002. Williams, who is in Hong Kong to stage a tennis demonstration on Saturday, and will head north, Sunday, for the Princess Cup in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Anat Givon)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20020913/capt.1031916252hong_kong_tennis_williams_hk108.jpg

World number one tennis player Serena Williams wears a Chinese style jacket she received as a gift from a local tailor at the end of a press conference in Hong Kong on Friday, Sept. 13, 2002. Williams, who is in Hong Kong to stage a tennis demonstration on Saturday, and will head north, Sunday, for the Princess Cup in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Anat Givon)

Williams Rulez
Sep 13th, 2002, 03:22 PM
Thanks... nice picture! :D

"Topaz"
Sep 13th, 2002, 03:29 PM
I am one of those who thought Serena would bypass Toyota Cup to avoid the jet lags incurred in playing in Asia one week, Europe (Leipzig) the next. Kudos to our new #1.

While we're at it, I wish Venus could play Filderstadt and Linz after Moscow.

Brian Stewart
Sep 13th, 2002, 07:47 PM
Will Serena wear that jacket for her matches? :)

Dawn Marie
Sep 13th, 2002, 08:00 PM
This is fantastic!

Thanks Wongqks and Greenout for the thread and article.

Serena seems so carefree and confident. It's like she is to embarking on fun filled Journey. Serena is changing. it's like she wants to do it all. She wants 6000 points. :)

I think the slams wins took some pressure off of Serena and now she is taking it to another level.


She's seems to be living on top of the world.

This is great.:)

RAA
Sep 13th, 2002, 09:14 PM
very exciting.
I just hope serena doesn't exhaust herself this fall and takes it easy. I want her fresh for the year end champs and for AUSTRALIA next year.

I lived in Hong Kong a long time ago....wish I was there now :-) but I just got to see my girl at the us open, so i'm pretty good for now.

Janet
Sep 13th, 2002, 09:55 PM
Thanks for the pic. hope some one can post on serena what she did in her tennis exibition game in hong kong!! thats my girl going all over!! oh does any one know if toyko tourment she is in on Sept 16 will be broadcasted on T.V.?????

GogoGirl
Sep 13th, 2002, 10:21 PM
FIRST EDIT: My bad. I looked up the iNDemand.com site and no tennis for this tourney. I can't believe it. My TV guide shows none on all month.

I've always wanted a kimono (sp?) of some kind. I like that top Serena has on.

Here is a little write-up about Senorita Serena in Hong Kong. Another place I've always wanted to venture to.



http://entertainment.iafrica.com/news/158426.htm



NEWS
Cat-suit Serena in a cinema near you?

If cat-suited tennis queen Serena Williams gets her wish, the newly-crowned US Open champion could be appearing on the silver screen in future as a high kicking martial arts star.

The powerfully built world number one, who flew into Hong Kong early Friday to play an exhibition, glided into a press conference 20 minutes late after the renowned shopaholic indulged in a bout of "pre-shopping" and charmed her way through a barrage of questions.

One asked her whether she had been serious about her previously expressed wish to become a martial arts star and when the first seeds of interest had been sown.

"I'm a big Jackie Chan fan, she confessed. "It must have been when I watched a Jackie Chan movie," said Williams before adding with a twinkle in her eye, "I was probably never really serious about it."

"But I'd like to do some acting. I've done some before. But probably not for a career, just to have fun."

Wearing her now famous black skintight cat suit, Serena captured her third consecutive Grand Slam title a week earlier, demolishing her elder sister Venus in a US Open showdown for the number one ranking. Each has now won four Slam titles.

Having already beaten Venus in the Wimbledon and French Open finals, the triumph secured Serena's reign.

Serena won her first Slam crown at the 1999 US Open, then went 32 months without another.

She said the fact the siblings had become so dominant in their sport would not become a bore for tennis fans.

"Not at all. its very exciting for the game... to see a rivalry unfolding and history in the making."

Serena would join Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Margaret Court and Maureen Connolly as the only women to own all four Slam titles at once if she wins the Australian Open next January a so-called 'Serena slam' but not a grand slam as she will not have claimed all four titles in a calendar year.

However, Serena hopes to put that right in 2003.

"Each year I try to improve, so next year four," she said when asked how many grand slams she hoped to win next year.
Serena's ranking had slipped to world number nine at the beginning of the year after an ankle injury had forced her withdrawal from the Australian Open in January.

The multi-millionaire star is paying her third visit to the shopping paradise and plans an assault on the shopping malls.

"I didn't buy anything (today). This is called pre-shopping... sizing up the shops to see what I will buy next time" she said.
Asked how much she planned to spend, Serena said with a smile: "Not too much."

She will play a series of demonstration matches against top Asian stars on Saturday including Taiwan's 16-year-old sensation Hsieh Su-wei who won five consecutive tournaments in 2001 on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) women's circuit.
AFP

Greenout
Sep 14th, 2002, 12:57 AM
The Toyota Princess Cup will be broadcasted in Japan;but
I remember seeing it last year on a delayed basis from
our local sports station who in turn got it from EURO SPORT.


*Saw the final last year.

wongqks
Sep 14th, 2002, 02:38 AM
well just some update news from the press.

Nothing much, but just saying that once Serena flew in yesterday morning, she quickly went to some furniture stores. After that she bought some CDs (in Cd store of coure LOL) and then she went and shop some branded bags at around few thousands HK dollars (around 1000 Us dollars)

disposablehero
Sep 14th, 2002, 02:41 AM
Too bad they couldn't find a decent opponent for her. She played Monica there 2 years ago.

Miranda
Sep 14th, 2002, 03:59 AM
wong, you are in hk not in England now:confused:

wongqks
Sep 14th, 2002, 04:44 AM
Miranda, i am in HK foir holiday hehe, will be in UK in two weeks time, confusing isn't it LOL

KingA
Sep 14th, 2002, 04:49 AM
Oh Yuck... the close up shot makes her looks 20 years older!!! & the Chinese style jacket doesn't look good on her at all......

Rocketta
Sep 14th, 2002, 05:22 AM
:rolleyes: