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alwayshingis
Feb 2nd, 2010, 11:48 PM
S. Williams vs. Clijsters
V. Williams vs. Kuznetsova

...look how that worked out.

The event will take place on March 1st at Madison Square Garden.

dsanders06
Feb 2nd, 2010, 11:49 PM
Seriously, what is the point in this "tournament"?

VishaalMaria
Feb 2nd, 2010, 11:53 PM
Who cares? Venus, why are you playing this crappy event?

Lose. Lose early.

Lulu.
Feb 2nd, 2010, 11:57 PM
Blah, hate that Serena is playing this again.

mr_burns
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:00 AM
if it helps to make tennis more pooular in the US...MSQ deserves only the best, and this is close to it;-)

Привет
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:02 AM
As far as exhibitions go, this one does seem rather pointless.

youizahoe
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:11 AM
Serena bagel Kim :devil:

Renalicious
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:16 AM
Kuznetsova? :eek:

:shrug: It was fun for the first year...

youizahoe
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:22 AM
They invite the slam winners of the previous year and an extra player.

2008 AO : MS (injured)
2008 FO : AI
2008 UK : VW
2008 US : SW

(Jelena Jankovic 4th alternate)

2009 AO : SW
2009 FO : SK
2009 UK : SW
2009 US : KC

(Venus Williams 4th alternate)

Keegan
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:25 AM
They invite the slam winners of the previous year and an extra player.

2008 AO : MS (injured)
2008 FO : AI
2008 UK : VW
2008 US : SW

(Jelena Jankovic 4th alternate)

2009 AO : SW
2009 FO : SK
2009 UK : SW
2009 US : KC

(Venus Williams 4th alternate)

It's pretty stupid how Safina made two GS finals last year and didn't get an invite. Then again, BJK adores the sisters.

danieln1
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:26 AM
S. Williams def. Clijsters 6-1 or 6-0 (Kim unable to recover from that trashing from Petrova)
Sveta def.Venus 7-6 (8) (Venus led 5-2, only to lose in the tiebreak)

S. Williams def. Sveta 6-3 4-6 7-5

Rolling-Thunder
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:26 AM
Nice pay check for the four players and it brings tennis back to the Garden. Plus doesn't this balance off the money Serena and Venus are fined for missing Indian Wells?

youizahoe
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:36 AM
It's pretty stupid how Safina made two GS finals last year and didn't get an invite. Then again, BJK adores the sisters.

Well it's NYC and I think they rather pick Venus.

youizahoe
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:37 AM
Nice pay check for the four players and it brings tennis back to the Garden. Plus doesn't this balance off the money Serena and Venus are fined for missing Indian Wells?

They don't actually pay those fines, it gets reduced from their year end bonus that they receive from WTA.

Vlover
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:46 AM
Nice pay check for the four players and it brings tennis back to the Garden. Plus doesn't this balance off the money Serena and Venus are fined for missing Indian Wells?
Yes indeed. Bring back YEC to the garden please!

croat123
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:55 AM
the yec at msq was the best...
but i don't think tennis is popular enough anymore. the place used to be packed...

hankqq
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:57 AM
looking forward to this again this year! :bounce: I think it's a cool idea :shrug: madison square garden needs something like this since the yec is no longer held there, and it's a nice way to honor BJK :yeah:

Roookie
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:02 AM
Serena vs. Kim could be fun...Venus vs. Sveta :yawn:

LightWarrior
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:04 AM
BJK is the reason why Chris Evert didn't get at least 10 FO titles. So no.

GracefulVenus
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:04 AM
if it helps to make tennis more pooular in the US...MSQ deserves only the best, and this is close to it;-)

agreed :yeah:

barboza
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:21 AM
Kuzzy?? Blahhh boring

MrSerenaWilliams
Feb 3rd, 2010, 07:25 AM
The reason Venus is there IMO, is because she was the finalist from last year. :shrug:

Direwolf
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:03 AM
Serena vs Kim
Venus vs Justine(AO-finalist-just imagine if Kuzy didnt make it)

The Witch-king
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:56 AM
The reason Venus is there IMO, is because she was the finalist from last year. :shrug:

i thought maybe it had something to do with being a 7 time slam champ and household name but i could be wrong

tennis-insomniac
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:29 PM
I imagine Madison Square Garden to be a blissful placce to be...any one been there
I love New York :)

MrSerenaWilliams
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:38 PM
i thought maybe it had something to do with being a 7 time slam champ and household name but i could be wrong

Well clearly, but some people were wondering about Venus' selection over Safina's (who was #1 for most of last year and reached 2 major finals to Venus' 1), since this event is marketed as a showdown of the major champions of the previous year, and while neither Venus nor Safina won majors, last year, Safina out-perfromed Venus at the majors last year.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 3rd, 2010, 09:14 PM
Oh why is Kim playing this :help:

cellophane
Feb 3rd, 2010, 09:24 PM
Oh why is Kim playing this :help:

Why not?

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 3rd, 2010, 09:24 PM
Why not?

Because I find exhibitions like this one a waste of time :shrug:

LoLex
Feb 3rd, 2010, 09:33 PM
Because I find exhibitions like this one a waste of time :shrug:

But I think she will get $250,000 just for the participation. If she will end as a finalist $300,000 and $400,000 for winning the tournament.

cellophane
Feb 3rd, 2010, 09:43 PM
Because I find exhibitions like this one a waste of time :shrug:

Yeah, I guess, but whatever. Serena might actually want to win this one :lol:

sammy01
Feb 3rd, 2010, 11:18 PM
the idea for this is great, the format and when it takes place are whack. it should be in december like a climax to the year and it should be 2 days, 3 sets semi's and finals.

as it stands it is basically a hit and turn up for the money.

CJ07
Feb 4th, 2010, 12:23 AM
How is it a waste of time?
Time is money, and for just showing up you get more money than almost any tournament all year.

So its hardly a waste.

youizahoe
Feb 4th, 2010, 12:25 AM
The event doesn't even last a day. If I could earn $400,000 in half a day, I'd surely go.

calabar
Feb 4th, 2010, 12:45 AM
Since this is an exhibition, does the prize money counts towards your career prize money total? anyone?

youizahoe
Feb 4th, 2010, 03:45 AM
No it's not counted on WTA as wins, title or career prize money total.

darrinbaker00
Feb 4th, 2010, 04:32 AM
Oh why is Kim playing this :help:
A $250,000 guarantee, that's why.