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Dec 5th, 2003, 03:28 PM
Roger Federer , Juan Carlos Ferrero,Max Mirnyi, Martin Verkerk
Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova

Dates : January 8, 9, 10, 2004 (Thursday - Saturday )

Venue : Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, Causeway Bay, HK.

Surface : Hardcourt


Dec 5th, 2003, 03:29 PM
Schedule of play

Thursday 8th January (Semi-Finals)

6:00pm : Opening Ceremony (All Players Present)

Followed by : Mens Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Roger Federer vs. Max Mirnyi

Followed by : 30 – 45 Minutes Break

Followed by : Mixed Doubles (One 8 game Pro-Set)
Federer & Capriati vs
Ferrero & Sharapova

Followed by : Ladies Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Jennifer Capriati vs. Elena Dementieva

Friday 9th January (Semi-Finals)

6:30pm : Ladies Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Venus Williams vs. Maria Sharapova

Followed by : 30 – 45 Minutes Break

Followed by : Mixed Doubles (One 8 game Pro-Set)
Mirnyi & Williams Vs
Verkerk & Dementieva

Followed by : Mens Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Juan Carlos Ferrero vs. Martin Verkerk

Saturday 10th January

a) Morning Session (3rd & 4th Place Singles Playoff Matches)

10.00am : Ladies Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)

Followed by : Mens Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)

b) Afternoon Session (Finals)

2.30pm : Ladies Singles Final (Best of 3 tie break sets)

Followed by
(after Trophy Presentation) : Mens Singles Final (Best of 3 tie break sets)

Followed by
(after Trophy Presentation) : 45 - 60 Minutes Break

Followed by : Mixed Doubles Final (Best of 3 tie break sets)

Dec 6th, 2003, 09:58 AM
Finally we get another Venus vs Jennifer match! :D

Dec 6th, 2003, 10:53 AM
Venus vs Masha :hearts:

Dec 16th, 2003, 04:40 AM
how much will the men n women singles champ be getting?? as well as the doubles match....

Dec 16th, 2003, 04:45 AM
haven't they already been paid... in terms of appearance fees.

Jan 1st, 2004, 04:29 AM
I think the draw should be changed since according to GM, Jennifer Capriati has withdrawn due to injury and has been replaced by Chanda Rubin.

Jan 1st, 2004, 06:48 AM
Yes, according to Happy Guy the local Hong Kong newspaper announced today Jennifer Capriati had withdrawn from the Exhibition to be played from January 8-10, citing back injuries. In the short news report Jennifer was quoted that she is doubtful for Australian Open also.

The new draw is

Venus vs Chanda
Elena vs Maria

and Martina Navratilova will play mixed doubles with Roger Federer.

Jan 1st, 2004, 01:58 PM
good luck to Elena :D and Chanda.

Jan 1st, 2004, 04:33 PM
Jen :mad: :(

Jan 2nd, 2004, 02:23 PM
If Jennifer withdrew from this exhibition, why is her name still on the official website?

Jan 4th, 2004, 01:47 PM
1st January 2004
Navratilova replaces Capriati
Unus Alladin, 378 words
Jennifer Capriati has pulled out of this month's Watsons Water Champions Challenge at Victoria Park because of injury.

Longer article is available if you pay at South China Morning Post website http://www.scmp.com

From that SCMP paper:

Navratilova replaces Capriati
Unus Alladin

Jennifer Capriati has pulled out of this month's Watsons Water Champions Challenge at Victoria Park because of injury.

But while one superstar has withdrawn, another has taken her place as American legend Martina Navratilova will take to the court as Capriati's replacement in mixed doubles, partnering Wimbledon men's singles champion, Roger Federer. And another American, Chanda Rubin, the world number nine, will take Capriati's place in singles in the annual extravaganza scheduled from January 8-10. Capriati won the Hong Kong event in 2002, coming back from a set down to beat Russian powerhouse Elena Dementieva in the final.

Tournament co-director Terry Catton said: 'We were informed just before Christmas that Capriati was suffering from a back injury and would have to withdraw from our event, and she may sadly even have to pull out from the Australian Open. It's obviously disappointing, but we are nevertheless delighted to have secured such great players to replace Jennifer.'

Navratilova is considered the greatest-ever women's tennis player. The 47-year-old Prague-born star currently plays full-time doubles on the WTA Tour where she also competed in singles for an amazing 22 consecutive years from 1973 to 1994.

She has 58 Grand Slam titles (singles, doubles and mixed doubles), 167 tournament wins in singles and 172 wins in doubles and remains one of the game's most charismatic and respected figures.

Steve Tong, general manager of Watsons Water, said: 'With the immense interest shown in the event's mixed doubles competition and with Martina the reigning Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, it will be wonderful for Hong Kong fans to see this legendary player pairing up with Federer, this year's Wimbledon champion.'

Colvin Brown, president of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association, added: 'We are absolutely thrilled to have Martina in the field, and with the superb form that Chanda Rubin has been in over the past year, the ladies' singles should be a real cracker.'

In view of the player changes, organisers also announced the need to revise the tournament draw and order of play. World number eight Dementieva becomes the number two seed in the women's singles, and she will now take on fellow Russian Maria Sharapova on January 8. Chanda Rubin has been drawn against Venus Williams for the first match the following day.

Jan 4th, 2004, 03:53 PM
Will Venus show?

Jan 4th, 2004, 06:40 PM
Will Venus show?

Considering that her flight number and arrival date are confirmed, she is most likely going to show.

Jan 5th, 2004, 02:58 AM

I love all the wta plyers!!! I want a Venus-Maria final, though venus-Elena would be good too!

Jan 5th, 2004, 02:35 PM
The Schedule of play has been altered.

Thursday 8th January (Semi-Finals)

6:00pm : Opening Ceremony (All Players Present)

Followed by : Mens Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Roger Federer vs. Max Mirnyi

Followed by : 30 – 45 Minutes Break

Followed by : Mixed Doubles (One 8 game Pro-Set)
Federer & Navratilova vs
Verkerk & Dementieva

Followed by : Ladies Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Maria Sharapova vs. Elena Dementieva (#2)

Friday 9th January (Semi-Finals)

6:30pm : Ladies Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Venus Williams (#1) vs. Chandra Rubin

Followed by : 30 – 45 Minutes Break

Followed by : Mixed Doubles (One 8 game Pro-Set)
Mirnyi & Williams Vs
Ferrero & Sharapova

Followed by : Mens Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Juan Carlos Ferrero vs. Martin Verkerk

Saturday 10th January

a) Morning Session (3rd & 4th Place Singles Playoff Matches)

10.00am : Ladies Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)

Followed by : Mens Singles (Best of 3 tie break sets)

b) Afternoon Session (Finals)

2.30pm : Ladies Singles Final (Best of 3 tie break sets)

Followed by
(after Trophy Presentation) : Mens Singles Final (Best of 3 tie break sets)

Followed by
(after Trophy Presentation) : 45 - 60 Minutes Break

Followed by : Mixed Doubles Final (Best of 3 tie break sets)

Jan 7th, 2004, 10:29 AM

Venus ready for Olympic challenge

January 07 2004 at 11:00AM

Hong Kong - Venus Williams leapt to the defence of tennis as an Olympic sport in Hong Kong on Wednesday, saying she planned to defend her 2000 crown in this summer's Athens Games.

Two-time Wimbledon and US Open winner Williams, who hits the comeback trail in Hong Kong this week after nearly six months off the courts, saidstriking gold in Sydney four years ago was a career highlight.

"I love the Olympics, personally," said Williams. "I had a wonderful experience in Sydney. I definitely count it as the most treasured moment of my career. And if I have the opportunity I will be in Athens."

The 23-year-old former world number one was responding to Belgian rival Kim Clijsters, who questioned whether tennis should be an Olympic sport after deciding to skip Athens.

'I'm ready for the Australian Open'
Williams is playing her first tournament here this week since being beaten by sister Serena in the 2003 Wimbledon singles final, and declared herself fully fit after six months dogged by injury and personal tragedy.

Williams finished 2003 ranked outside the top 10 for the first time in six years, slumping to 11th after an abdominal injury wrecked her season.

A disappointing year on court was overshadowed by her troubles off it, when half-sister Yetunde Price was shot dead in Los Angeles last September.

Williams said the problems of 2003 were firmly behind her as she looked towards the new season.

"Sometimes life throws you punches and you have to get up," she said. "Because if you don't get up, people will walk on you."

Williams said though she felt 100 percent as she prepares for the Australian Open, which gets underway on January 19, she had opted for a more gentle build-up by playing an exhibition event instead of a full-scale tournament.

"I feel I've made a really complete recovery," she said. "It took much longer than I could ever have expected.

"At this juncture I'm most concerned with being healthy and I think playing here is the best platform for me to come back and play some matches and get some good competition.

"I haven't tested myself to any degree as far as tournament play, so this is a nice place to figure out if I'm up to it.

"But in my heart I know that I am. I'm ready for the Australian Open."

Williams laughed off questions she might retire from tennis early.

"Why do I have to retire so soon? Everyone wants to retire me but I want to keep playing," said Williams. "I'll be staying around for a while."

She revealed that Serena, who like Venus has not played since Wimbledon, will be fit for the Australian Open despite pulling out of this week's Hopman Cup in Perth.

"I've spoken to Serena and she's going to be in Melbourne," said Williams.

Williams is due to play Chanda Rubin at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Thursday, with Russia's Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova in the other side of the draw.

Switzerland's Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain play in the men's tournament, which also features Max Miryni of Belarus and the Netherlands' Martin Verkerk. - Sapa-AFP

Jan 7th, 2004, 10:35 AM






Jan 7th, 2004, 01:11 PM
Good Luck Masha & Vee :D

Jan 7th, 2004, 10:33 PM
Great article of Venus...She is so optimistic..She is great..Come on v!

Jan 7th, 2004, 10:57 PM
elena looks gorgeous as usual

Jan 8th, 2004, 09:28 AM
Go Go Go JCF
Go Go Go Marsha
Go Go Go JCF & Marsha

Go Go Dementieva
Go Go Williams

Go Federer


Jan 8th, 2004, 10:53 AM
http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/images/wednesday/wed6.jpg :bounce:

http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/images/wednesday/wed5.jpg :bounce:







Jan 8th, 2004, 11:31 AM
Beautiful pictures. Thanks for posting them.

The Queen looks absolutely beautiful.

Jan 8th, 2004, 08:51 PM
Venus :hearts:

Jan 9th, 2004, 12:46 AM
Chanda looks hot.... :drool:

And the Queen looks fabulous as always... :love:

Jan 9th, 2004, 09:16 AM
Any results???? The first three matches must have been played now, no?

Thank you:wavey:

Jan 9th, 2004, 09:51 AM
Roger Federer def Max Mirnyi 6-3 4-6 6-4

Verkerk & Dementieva def Federer & Navratilova 8-5

Maria Sharapova def Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-4

Jan 9th, 2004, 10:34 AM
From GM

by Ferrero

Hello everyone :wavey:

I live in Hong Kong and the Watsons Tennis Championship Challenge is in progress here. I believe not much people would get the live coverage, it's a pity in my opinion as the atmosphere is great and players do play well.

There were three matches today, including Verkerk/Dementieva vs. Federer/Navratilova ( which is a bit disappointing), Roger Federer vs. Max Mirnyi and Elena Dementieva vs. Maria Sharapova.

Here is the first report of Mixed doubles:(Verkerk/Dementieva vs. Federer/Navratilova)
I got the live coverage at the score 3-7(8 games pro-set), Elena's serving for the match
0-15 Elena's DF
15-15 Great serve from Elena, Martina was frustrated to return it out.
15-30 Roger crushes the a typical Elena second serve.
15-40 This is the shot of the match. Elena and Roger's fast exchange at the net was brilliant.
30-40 Roger misses a forehand

4-7 Elena DFs again! It's a pity! Ooooh no!
Martina's serving!
0-15 Roger misses a forehand
15-15 Martin hits a return out ( That's a SLOW serve!)
15-30 Martina commits an unforced error at the net.
30-30 A nice volley from Roger, the ball down right in the middle of the baseline.
40-30 Very long volley, another point of the match. Elena screams! AWW!

5-7 Martin goes mad! He returns a SLOW serve from Martina into the net again! *OMG*
Martin/Elena serving for the match again.
0-15 World-class level passing shot from Roger.
15-15 Martin aces Martina. The crowd is cheering for Martina!
30-15 Martin serves past Roger!
30-30 Elena hits hard on Roger. LOL! She shows her gorgeous smile!
40-30 Elena grabs the chance to smash down in the middle.
40-40 Martina lobs Elena.
A-40 Martin serves like Roddick. Almost impossible for Martina to reach.

MATCH POINT! Serve down the line at 200 km/h! :eeks:

GAME SET AND MATCH, Martin Verkerk/ Elena Dementieva!

What I think for the match.....
Elena is a great doubles partner, she makes much less unforced errors in doubles and her attitude is so classy and elegant, her partner must be feeling great with her. I think it's the first time that Martin plays doubles, his performance is just fair except the missile-like serve while Roger plays better than him. Roger shows why he is the world no.2 and dominating the circuit, it seems everything is so easy to him and his movement is so smooth that it's like moving on water. I enjoy this match very much but Martina disappointed me a bit. She barely wins any points and definitely not in form, she does much better with Paes in Wimbledon, I hope she would do well again and finish her extraordinary carrer with a big title again.

Here is my second report of the match between Marria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva.
I would like to start reporting at the score 6-3 2-1(Maria's leading and Elena's serving)

15-0 Maria returns into the net.
15-15 Very hard forehand return from Maria, Elena can't reach it.
30-15 ACE!!! Elena needs this kind of serve to keep her in the match.
30-30 DF from Elena. What a disappointing point, I believeit's a bad call.
40-30 Maria nets a return.
40-40 Elena's slice backhand just goes out, awww!
A-40 A very long rally, Maria fails to close the point although she has the whole court.
40-40 Another impressive return from Maria, wuha!
A-40 Maria is being too aggressive, UE again.
40-40 Elena should shot herself. The second serve is like 10 feet beyond the service line.
A-40 Return's error from Maria.
40-40 ELENA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop double faulting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
40-A Maria hits a beautiful winner.

Game Sharapova, a great backhand down the line from Maria, it seems that she is unstoppable.

Given that all tennis channels in this world is stupid, I would continue my report at the score 6-3 5-4, Maria's leading and she was serving for the match.

15-0 Unreturnable serve!
30-0 Another great slice serve.
30-15 Elena finally gets a chance to win a point with a beautiful forehand down the line.
40-15 Stupid UE from Elena, her fans are probably crying, including me.

Game set and match, Maria Sharapova. Elena was out of balance by a very well-placed and angled forehand, her opponent just win the match by an easy put away.

About this match....
Elena's performance in this match is just okay while she commits 9 double faults(not acceptable in my opinion!).Her forehand is definitely one of her biggest weapon, but it lets her down sometimes, she hits too flat, well, too risky. I suggest her add some varieties, such as adding some topspin if necessary(maybe someone with disagree), come to the net more often(her net skill is not bad at all), work on that second serve.....Her attitude on court is so classy and elegant that I appreciate it very much, she never throws her racket and shout at her opponent. She is extremely nice to her fans too.

Maria plays just great, just too good in this match. She is capable enough to compete with the top players, also very fierce on court and very confident which is very important. But I would suggest her to add some varieties to her game too, she hits too flat or not consistent enough behind the baseline. She probably needs more patience, well, she is just a sixteen-year-old, a great future is coming! THE MOST WEIRDEST THING I FOUND IN THIS MATCH IS THAT MARIA DIDN'T GRUNT

Jan 9th, 2004, 11:11 AM
Venus defeats Chanda 6-2 6-3

Jan 9th, 2004, 01:08 PM
Max/Venus defeats Juan Carlos/ Maria 8-2

Jan 9th, 2004, 02:47 PM




Jan 9th, 2004, 02:51 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040109/capt.xvy10601091416.hong_kong_champions_challenge_ xvy106.jpg




Jan 9th, 2004, 02:54 PM
Ferrero def Verkerk 6-4 6-2

King Aaron
Jan 9th, 2004, 03:44 PM
Juanqui :D :yeah:
Juanqui/Sharapova :(

Jan 10th, 2004, 01:20 PM
Venus def Maria 7-5 6-3

Ferrero def Federer 6-4 6-4

Martina Navratilova/Roger Federer beat Venus Williams/Max Mirnyi 6-4 6-2 (btw Venus aced Roger)

King Aaron
Jan 10th, 2004, 04:10 PM
Juanqui :D
Congratulations Venus.

Jan 10th, 2004, 09:31 PM
i would have loved to have seen that match between maria and elena :inlove:

Jan 10th, 2004, 10:00 PM
ahhh...congrats Venus!

Jan 11th, 2004, 01:49 AM
Venus def Maria 7-5 6-3

Ferrero def Federer 6-4 6-4

Martina Navratilova/Roger Federer beat Venus Williams/Max Mirnyi 6-4 6-2 (btw Venus aced Roger)


Jan 11th, 2004, 06:42 AM


Jan 11th, 2004, 07:23 AM
Juan Carlos Ferrero


Jan 11th, 2004, 12:37 PM
Despite a long layoff, the former world number one makes short work of Rubin

She's back - and she's stronger than ever. Venus Williams signalled her return to the top level in her first competitive match in more than six months with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over fellow American Chanda Rubin at Victoria Park last night.

The enormous serve, the formidable forehand and the venomous volleys were back at full throttle as the former number one marched into today's final where she will meet teenager Maria Sharapova, conqueror of fellow Russian Elena Dementieva on Thursday.

"I needed that. I needed to compete," said the 23-year-old Williams following her 65-minute demolition job. "There were a few good rallies, especially in the second set. They were really tough. I welcome that. I am so thrilled to be out there competing. That's where I want to be."

There was hardly a stutter in the Williams performance as she rained down winner upon winner against world number nine Rubin to announce that she was well and truly back.

The four-time Grand Slam winner, who has slipped to 11th in the rankings, has made known that she is going to compete in this month's Australian Open, using the Hong Kong tournament as a stepping stone towards full fitness.

But spectators might have wondered whether Williams was ever away from the game after an aggravated abdominal injury at Wimbledon caused her to miss a series of tournaments last year.

Apart from a few hiccups when she missed some simple volleys at the net, the Williams everybody has come to know was always in control against Rubin, who was unable to match her opponent's power game.

After Rubin netted a backhand return to end of the match, Williams beamed and waved to her fans as one of the game's most fearsome players made a perfect start to the tournament.

Watched by her mother Oracene and her aunt, niece and nephews, Williams was giggly at the post-match interview. She was simply overjoyed that she had played at the level she did.

"I'm happy that I am feeling well. I'm happy to be able to get a victory and I am happy to play against an opponent who gave me lots of balls and really made it a challenge for me. I am happy for a lot of things," said Williams.

"I haven't played a match in six months or maybe more. It was very refreshing to be able to come out and have the same spirit, and the same fighting spirit, as before and also to keep so many balls in play. I think I made only six unforced errors.

"It's so exciting because I was making quite a few errors during practice."

Asked about her final match against Sharapova today, Williams said she didn't know what to expect, but added: "I'm ready. I really don't know how she plays. I am just very ready, I guess."

Williams had more cause for celebration later when she teamed up with Belarus giant Max Mirnyi to win her mixed doubles match against French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero and Sharapova 8-2 (pro set).

It was the first time Williams had met Sharapova on the other side of the net, and perhaps last night's mixed doubles match served as a prelude to what can be expected in today's singles final.

Williams will be looking for her second Hong Kong title having won this tournament back in 1999.

Williams said of her mixed doubles victory: "I can learn something from the match. Max used to play mixed doubles with my sister Serena."

From July to November last year, Williams withdrew from tournaments in San Diego, Los Angeles, the Canadian Open, US Open, Moscow, Filderstadt, Zurich and Philadelphia due to a strained abdominal muscle that has hampered her since late April.

Meanwhile, Ferrero stormed into today's men's singles final against Switzerland's Roger Federer and said his battery was fully recharged after a one-month rest.

The world number three from Spain never looked as if his movement was restricted in any way despite wearing an ankle strap as he handed Dutchman Martin Verkerk a 6-4, 6-2 defeat.

The match was a repeat of last year's French Open final, but Ferrero was never in trouble during last night as he got the better of his 25-year-old opponent to move confidently to another title match. Ferrero won seven out of nine finals last year.

Verkerk offered stern resistance in the first set, but Ferrero, who was also a US Open finalist last year, gradually wore down his towering opponent to set up a fascinating final against the Wimbledon champion. "Yeah, the battery is full. I took a month's rest and I was hitting the ball with a lot of power. I thought I played very good tonight," said 22-year-old Ferrero after his victory in a match that lasted 55 minutes. "I have a lot of confidence right now. I am trying to play at the same level as last year," added the Spaniard.

Jan 12th, 2004, 12:05 AM
Congratulations are in order for Miss Venus, I'm very happy, and impressed at her comeback. I'm excited to see her progress in the Australian I am sure she will be able to use her 3rd seed and take it into the semis at least.

Jan 12th, 2004, 06:32 AM
thanks bwguy:kiss: