Hong Kong is my favorite exhibiton of the year. It is played in a normal tournament format, though it starts at the quarterfinal stage, with just 8 players involved. The field is always a sparkling one, as top players looking for a fun but competitive tune-up for the Aussie Open, sometimes like to play here instead of entering a WTA event ahead of Sydney.
This year, Hong Kong features a heavily Russian / USA field; only Maggie Maleeva and the usual one Asian entrant, come from outside this group. From memory, the players are:
If anyone sees any news about this exo, please post it here! :)
Dec 17th, 2002, 09:52 PM
Shuai Peng is a junior player from China playing the event. She is young ....but quite a good player........ she almost beat Tina Pisnik this year. :) She is the asian entrant into the draw. :)
Dec 17th, 2002, 10:14 PM
Thanks, V! I will amend my post! :)
Dec 17th, 2002, 10:17 PM
go Hong Kong
Dec 17th, 2002, 10:35 PM
This will be the best exhibition event of the season!!!
Go Maggie :bounce:
Dec 17th, 2002, 11:39 PM
Dec 18th, 2002, 01:03 AM
Dec 18th, 2002, 02:03 AM
Originally posted by ktwtennis
Dec 19th, 2002, 01:10 PM
I wonder how much the players get for this exhibition :confused: . I remember reading that Tauziat had been offered USD 40,000 for a participation early 2000.
Shine On Silver Moon
Dec 20th, 2002, 01:51 AM
As far as I recall, last year Asia was represented by 2 players: Tamarine Tanasugarn & Angelique Widjaja...Angie lost badly against Jennifer Capriati!:cool: :D :)
Dec 20th, 2002, 11:28 AM
Matches are (not in any order)
Seles V Peng
Rubin V Dementieva
Myskina V Stevenson
Maleeva V Sharapova
Not sure who plays who after that though, but thay are the 1st rd matches.
Shine On Silver Moon
Dec 20th, 2002, 11:35 AM
What is the exact date for it?:cool:
Dec 20th, 2002, 02:33 PM
Thanks! I got a wish! I was hoping that Maria would meet Stevenson or Maleeva. Maria Sharapova has a chance! :bounce: Hope she is in the same half draw with Myskina.
Good luck, Maria!!! You can do it to win at least one match! I would be able to watch you playing on TV that will show the semi-final and final matches! Please, please! :)
Dec 20th, 2002, 02:36 PM
Nastya vs Alex again :o
go Nastya :) :bounce: :D
Alyona has a good shot too, just boom that FH down baby ;)
good luck Masha !!!!!!!!, no worries kiddo :)
I'm sure she'll do credit to herself :)
Dec 20th, 2002, 03:17 PM
How Maria plays against Maleeva will be a good indication of where her game is.
I wonder if Dementieva's goal is still to break into the top 5 like it was last year :D
Dec 20th, 2002, 09:17 PM
Oh man Seles vs. Peng will be painful to watch! A 10K player against a top tenner in fine form:eek:
Dec 21st, 2002, 01:20 AM
no venus :(
Dec 21st, 2002, 02:47 AM
OMG! Peng will get her ass kicked! It's the worst draw possible for her!
Elena paired up with Lina here last year and crowned doubles champions.I hope Elena can defend the doubles champions playing with Maleeva.She did play with Maleeva in Tokyo.
Elena was also the singles runner-up last year.It's tough for her to win but I think she can prove her power!Good luck Elena!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Dec 27th, 2002, 10:13 PM
I'd be surprised if Monica drops a set in this event... None of the players is a significant threat to her (maybe except for Chanda)...
Seles def. Peng
Rubin def. Dementieva (I want Lena to win, but she's always pretty rusty in the winter, I guess it's not her season)
Myskina def. Stevenson (Nastya is a better player... her last loss was partly due to a tough schedule - she was tired)
Maleeva def. Sharapova (Maria has a chance only if she's learnt to be patient, especially against players like Maggie; not sure that it will happen this time around)
Seles def. Rubin (Chanda has a good chance, but Monica played more matches during the break, so should be in a btter match form)
Myskina def. Maleeva (Nastya has a confidence and weapons to take this one)
Seles def. Myskina (Monica rarely loses to a player outside top 10)
Myskina (RUSSIA) / Sharapova (RUSSIA) def. Dementieva #1 (RUSSIA) / Maleeva (BULGARIA) - all-Russian team practices together, know each quite well.. also this match will show that Elena is not a doubles player
Seles #2 (USA) / Stevenson (USA) def. Rubin (USA) / Peng Shuai (CHINA) - Alex's bombs will do it
Seles #2 (USA) / Stevenson (USA) def. Myskina (RUSSIA) / Sharapova (RUSSIA) - just a hunch
Dec 28th, 2002, 01:51 AM
Right Elena is not a doubles player. So Husarova just carried her ass into the US Open finals this year?:rolleyes:
Seles d. Peng 60 62 (hopefully I don't need to explain)
Rubin d. Dementieva 76 61 (Rubin comes out hot in the opening part of her season. On top of that, she's solid as a rock mentally and Dementieva frequently wilts under pressure)
Malleva d. Sharapova 63 62-her time will come. Unfortunately it won't be here. Too much power and experience for young Maria
Myskina d. Stevenson 4-6 6-3 7-5-The contrast in styles makes for interesting and competitive play (every match they have had has been 3 sets) Myskina always seems to get the edge though, so expect the same here.
Semis-Seles d. Rubin 6-4 6-4 (Moni just have Rubin's number for whatever reason)
Myskina d. Malleva 3-6 6-3 6-4-Myskina will take advantage of Malleva's streakiness in the end and hold on by a hair. This should be a great match though
Final-Seles d. Myskina 6-3 6-3-Too much match time and a 70 MPH 2nd serve will be Myskina's undoing here.
-Dementieva/Malleva d. Myskina/Sharapova 6-4 6-4-No one here is particularly skilled at net, even though Elena is a US Open doubles finalist. Experience should pull Elena and Maggie through. Myskina cannot volley at all and while Maria is a top doubs player, its in the junior division.
Seles/Stevenson d. Rubin/Peng 6-2 6-3-Even though Moni is not good at volleys, she has reasonable doubles results. Stevenson is comfortable at net, as is Rubin. Peng will be the weak link here so expect Seles and Stevenson to mainly attack her.
Dementieva/Malleva d. Seles/Stevenson 6-7 6-4 6-2 (just a hunch)
Dec 28th, 2002, 03:05 AM
Bradshaw#1, no need to get all tasty with all those rolleyes... Elena is my fav, but as much as I like her, I'm also realistic... Elena/Janette is a very rare good combination of power/touch... they complimented each other, but touch is more important in doubles than power (unless you're Williams). If you ever saw Lena in the doubles match you know that she rarely goes to the net - usually at the service line or baseline. You not gonna win doubles there.
IMO Maggie is not as good at the net as Janette (again from seeing Maggie playing at IW), so I don't think it's a strong team
let me know what you think (without these :rolleyes: please)
Dec 28th, 2002, 03:11 AM
btw, Maria didn't play doubles when she was a junior...
her only esignificant success came when she turned pro and played Indian Wells, where she and Dulko defeated seeded Svensson and Maleeva (!) in the first round
Dec 28th, 2002, 03:15 AM
now it's my turn to :rolleyes: (couldnt' saty away from them myself)
Myskina cannot volley??? :rolleyes: ... wait until TBE sees it
Have you ever seen her playing doubles? She has a great touch! One thing I always can't understand why she doesn't play more doubles...
Dec 28th, 2002, 03:32 AM
I've seen Elena play doubs and you are right in that she does not volley. However, she has great passing shots and lobs which is often good enough for doubles. I've seen Myskina play doubles twice but it was in 2001, so perhaps she has gotten better since then or she has gotten better. From her singles in 2002 though, she still did not strike me as someone who was proficient at net.
Dec 28th, 2002, 06:16 AM
In doubles, Nastya has alot of good touches,
She doesn't come in after her serve so that helps, plus she doesn't have to move forward to get to volleys, other than that she has some great hands at net.
but i dont see them beating Elena/Maggie
Dec 28th, 2002, 02:00 PM
Myskina can NOT volley, sad but true.
She was on TV a lot during indoor season and she played some of the worst volleys I have ever seen.
Want some proof ? ;) Here are 2 posts from her match against Shaughnessy:
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a horrible volley from Nastya :(
Oct 2nd, 2002 02:52 PM
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OMG, what a volley. :o
Oct 2nd, 2002 02:52 PM
Dec 28th, 2002, 02:03 PM
Of course it might be different in doubles as it's often more about reacting fast than playing a technically good volley.
Dec 28th, 2002, 02:28 PM
thats what i'm saying, in doubles you move less ;)
but still her volleys aren't her best shot.
she's not the only person who can volley pretty decently in doubles but not in singles
Doubles is a completly diff game to singles
and pfffff @ GoDom digging up my posts :p ;)
Dec 28th, 2002, 03:10 PM
I still say that she CAN do it very well. I saw her playing doubles (two years ago at Pilot Pen with Elena D.) and she made some great volleyes... of course, all the volleyes on that team came from Nastya.;)
Dec 28th, 2002, 04:31 PM
Gooo Alexandra :D :D
Dec 28th, 2002, 07:56 PM
I love this photo. I am glad that they will be playing together as doubles in Hong Kong. Maria keeps growing taller. At stated, Maria is now 5'11" tall. :eek: :eek: :eek: When I met her, she was 5'10". She is looking more like Elena Bovina. She looks getting stronger than Myskina. They look great together with their coach.
Dec 29th, 2002, 03:17 AM
Dec 29th, 2002, 01:42 PM
I think that Maleeva/Maria is in the same half of the draw as Monica and Rubin/Dem is on the bottom.
Dec 29th, 2002, 02:57 PM
Sorry Eggy. ;) Next time I will ask for your permission. :p
Dec 29th, 2002, 03:35 PM
American tennis player Alexandra Stevenson laughs while posing for photogaphers at a hotel Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, after arriving in Hong Kong to participate in the Ladies Challenge tournament that features eight players.
American tennis player Chanda Rubin poses for photographers at a hotel in Hong Kong Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002 after arriving in the territory to take part in the four-day Ladies Challenge exhibtion tournament that begins on Jan. 1.
Dec 29th, 2002, 04:25 PM
Any pics of Monica?
Dec 29th, 2002, 07:55 PM
Good luck to Chanda!:angel: Alexandra and Monica! :D and to Shuai Peng too.Chanda looks gorgeous in that pic!!:hearts:
Dec 29th, 2002, 11:48 PM
Chanda's teeth are so white and nice!:hearts:
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:40 PM
Pic from Sunday 29 December 2002
The seven players (excluding Monica, who had not yet arrived at HK when this even took place) were arranged to demonstrate playing on a temporarily painted tennis court on Charter Road of Central, Hong Kong, which is a road for heavy commuters on weekdays and their exhibition took place directly in front of the building of the local Legislative Council. Here are some pictures.
Source: Internet Version, Apple Daily, Monday 30 December 2002
Monica looks increditably fit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
Dec 31st, 2002, 08:06 PM
Monica looks fabulous!! She doesn't look "that" fit to me. But she is still working on it of course. She is hasn't had that much time since the last time we saw her. Anyway, I can usually tell what fitness is by her legs (thighs). Compare her legs to summer of 2001 and you can see a difference.