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Sir Stefwhit
Jan 27th, 2008, 05:17 AM
Proximus Diamond Games (Antwerp)
Feb. 9-14

This is scheduled to be her 3rd tournament of the year directly following the Open De Gaz (Paris). The field here will be tougher than Paris, but if she plays the event she should do well.

Entry List:

1. Justine Henin (BEL)
2. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
3. Serena Williams (USA)
4. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
5. Tatiana Golovin (FRA)
6. Patty Schnyder (SWI)
7. Sybille Bammer (AUT)
8. Agnes Szavay (HUN)
9. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
10. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
11. Na Li (CHN)
12. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
13. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
14. Julia Vakulenko (UKR)
15. Michaella Krajicek (NET)
16. Mara Santangello (ITA)

Dodoboy.
Jan 27th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Very tough TierII...
hope she meets Justine in final!:D

serenus_2k8
Jan 27th, 2008, 05:32 PM
Yeh that is a tough draw, but one that Ree can overcome! As long as she can not be drawn early vs Henin she should definitely get some good points here.

Thx for the info!

Venus&Serena
Jan 28th, 2008, 02:30 AM
Other than Justine there is nobody who Serena should have much trouble with ;) Good luck Serena :D

Sir Stefwhit
Jan 29th, 2008, 04:23 AM
Very unusual to already have a schedule of play, but Antwerp has a tentative schedule listed on their site for Justine:
http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2008/eng/

Justine Henin will be playing her first Proximus Diamond Games match on Thursday 14 February at 7.30pm. The schedule for the days after that are already fixed as well, in theory that is!

Should Justine Henin move to the quarter finals, the match will be played on Friday 15 February at 7.30pm.

Should Henin make it to the semi finals, she will play on Saturday 16 February at 1pm. A final would be scheduled on Sunday 17 February at 2pm.

Justine Henin will play at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp. In the Sportpaleis, the world's number one will see Serena Williams among her competitors and this from 11 to 17 February.

This is a unique opportunity for Henin to be playing for a home audienceof Belgian fans. The title holder of the French Open, the US Open and the Masters will play her first match on Thursday 14 February at 7.30pm.

"We really appreciate this gesture a lot", organising director Bob Verbeeck said. "We realize that it is not easy for Henin to reschedule her season. To be able to play in Antwerp, she has to pull out of the Doha tournament."

"She told me that the attention and appreciation of the Belgian fans made the balance shift. She was still very pleased with the fact that she was awarded both Sports woman and Sports Personality of the year."

Henin can expect fierce competition from 7 players from the current top 20 of the WTA ranking. Serena Williams, Tatiana Golovin, Daniela Hantuchova and Anna Chakvetadze will also be joining at the Sportpaleis. The organisation has one wild card left for one more top player.

Last year, Amélie Mauresmo was allowed to go home with the diamond racket. Which is why a new one has been produced, with in total 2008 368 carat diamonds. The unique trophy has a weight of 4.5 kilo and is worth about 1.5 million dollar. Anyone who wins the tournament three times in five years, can take the tennis racket home. On 29 January, the racket will be presented.

From 2009 Proximus Diamond Games by invitation only:

From 2009 onwards, the Proximus Diamond Games will be a tournament by invitation only. This is caused by the WAT's rescheduling of the season from that year onwards.
The current Tier II tournament, which in February 2008 will be held at the Antwerp Sportpaleis for the seventh time, will continue on the same track in 2009: offering 5 players from the top 10, a gold and diamond racket, a unique atmosphere before, during and after the matches and so much more.

"Within the regulations of the WTA's way of rescheduling things, one could only guarantee us one or two top 10 players and the Belgian audience is used to getting more than that", according to Bob Verbeeck, general manager of Octagon cis and organising director of the Proximus Diamond Games. "The financial consequences of becoming an absolutely major tournament in the new calendar would simply be impossible for the Belgian market."

"In order for us to be able to still be reeling in the best players, we will abandon our current setup and will become a tournament by invitation only from 2009 onwards. Every title holder of official 2008 WTA tournaments will be shortlisted for invitation. From that list we will select 12 to 16 players and organize a tournament of about four days. Practical details and timing will follow early 2008, but let's concentrate on the 2008 first. That one will still run as we've run the previous ones", according to Bob Verbeeck.

serenus_2k8
Jan 29th, 2008, 08:35 PM
Y must she drop out of Doha?

Brooks.
Feb 4th, 2008, 07:08 PM
she withdrew, yet again

Watching
Feb 4th, 2008, 07:09 PM
what?/?/?

Craigy
Feb 4th, 2008, 07:44 PM
she withdrew, yet again

Really? :scratch:

-VSR-
Feb 4th, 2008, 07:59 PM
she withdrew, yet again

:confused:

Are you in the wrong thread? I haven't heard any news about a withdrawal here and if you think you know, give us a source. ;)

Craigy
Feb 4th, 2008, 08:02 PM
Yeah he's right. TheBoiledEgg says Serena has been replaced by Golovin.
:(

-VSR-
Feb 4th, 2008, 08:03 PM
Yeah he's right. TheBoiledEgg says Serena has been replaced by Golovin.
:(

Shoot. That's too bad, I wish we knew exactly what was wrong. Come on Serena, give an explaination or something. This means HOPEFULLY she'll be back for Dubai. :hug:

Destiny
Feb 4th, 2008, 08:05 PM
what ?
no not again i wanna to see her play
no
i haven't seen anything yet so ????

serenus_2k8
Feb 4th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Golovin was already in the draw? She is still on the player list?

Dodoboy.
Feb 4th, 2008, 08:11 PM
AHHHH!..
misses the European tournaments:(

serenus_2k8
Feb 4th, 2008, 08:16 PM
Any1 have source for this? OMG if she doesnt play here...

Sir Stefwhit
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:58 PM
Medical treatment keeps Serena Williams away.
http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2008/eng/nieuws/?Article_ID=262293

Because of an urgent medical treatment, Serena Williams is forced to withdraw from the seventh Proximus Diamond Games Antwerp.

Despite Serena abandoning, still seven players from the current top 20 are part of the draw for the Proximus Diamond Games Antwerp. Negotiations with Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova are still ongoing , they are candidates for the remaining wild card.

Destiny
Feb 5th, 2008, 03:18 PM
I GUESS IT'S TRUE
mY IDOL IS CRUSHING MY SPRIT
jUST KEEPING PRAYING AND WAITING
HELP ME WAIT :help::help::help::help::help::help::rolleyes::rol leyes::rolleyes::mad::mad::sad::sad::sad:

serenus_2k8
Feb 5th, 2008, 05:26 PM
Jeez Ree WTF!?

Dodoboy.
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:33 PM
Why am i always waiting...
:sad:

Brooklyn90
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:09 PM
Should it take two weeks to recover from dental surgery?!

doni1212
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:10 PM
She is ruining her reputations with each year and that is the truth, :fiery:

Donatello
Feb 8th, 2008, 07:56 AM
I've had extreme dental sugery couple of days ago, and I'm talking, drinking and laughing my ass off again without any pain whatsoever! just get a good dentist.

But isn´t the grammy´s on sunday?!? We should have known (she would withdraw).

I don't have any problems with "You can only play tennis for so long..."

but then dont fool us fans Serena after the AO QF by saying "I have to get ready, because there is a tournament I´m going to in a couple of weeks" !@!@!@ You knew about a Grammy award show or a possible surgery at that time!

Oh. And I almost bought tickets, thank god I didnt have any money in januari.

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 8th, 2008, 03:52 PM
i swear that serena fans have to be the most negative towards their fave... :o at the beginning we were all happy that she turned up at the Hopman Cup when she could have been partying for new year's, and we all talked about how committed and fit she was looking...now she misses 2 back-to-back tournies due to dental surgery and some are now talking like she missed half the season... :o

Destiny
Feb 8th, 2008, 04:38 PM
^^^^^Yeah i know
but its all good

Olórin
Feb 8th, 2008, 05:21 PM
Yeah I know what's with all the negativity :o

Flippin eck it's only Antwerp, there's more important things going on in the world right now. Let's just get on with our lives and enjoy it when Serena does play. I think she'll probably play in Dubai anyway, once before Miami is good enough for me.