S. WILLIAMS, CLIJSTERS, DAVENPORT,
COMMIT TO STATE FARM WOMEN’S TENNIS CLASSIC,
FEB. 24-MARCH 2, AT FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS
Tickets go on sale Dec. 1; Serena Williams to Defend Title
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – No. 1 ranked and defending champion Serena Williams, Sanex WTA champion Kim Clijsters, and three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport have committed to the 2003 State Farm Women’s Tennis Classic, Feb. 24-March 2, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
Tickets go on sale Dec. 1 for the State Farm Women’s Tennis Classic. For ticket package information please call (480) 778-9799. Individual tickets are available by calling TicketMaster at (480) 784-4444 or (520) 321-1000.
The State Farm Women’s Tennis Classic is a Sanex WTA TOUR Tier II event featuring a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. Prize money for the event totals $585,000. The 2003 event marks the fourth year of the State Farm tournament.
“We are thrilled to have commitments from Serena, Kim, and Lindsay,” said tournament director Peter Tatum. “This gets us off to a great start in anticipation of another outstanding event in 2003.”
Williams is the State Farm Women’s Tennis Classic defending champion. She has been ranked ranked No. 1 since July 8, 2002. She claimed eight of her 19 singles titles this year, including three of her four Grand Slam titles (2002 Roland Garros, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 U.S. Open, 1999 U.S. Open). She was a finalist at the season-ending championships and the German Open.
Clijsters, who finished the 2002 season ranked No. 4 in the world, captured her 10th career singles title at this year’s season-ending championships by snapping Serena Williams’ 18-match winning streak 7-5, 6-3. She also claimed titles this year at Hamburg, Filderstadt, and Luxembourg and was a finalist at Stanford and Tokyo. She became the first Belgian to reach a Grand Slam singles final at the French Open in 2001. This will be her third year playing at the State Farm Women’s Tennis Classic.
Davenport, who ended this season ranked No. 12, holds 37 career Sanex WTA Tour singles titles, including three Grand Slam crowns (1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open) and an Olympic gold medal. Upon returning to the tour in July after being side lined due to a right-knee injury, Davenport reached the finals at Los Angeles, New Haven, Moscow, and Zurich and the semifinals at Stanford, San Diego, and the U.S. Open. She qualified for the season-ending championships for the 9th year in a row.
The State Farm Women’s Tennis Classic is played on the stadium and grandstand courts at the world-class Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The five-diamond luxury resort’s spacious 450 acres include four award-winning restaurants, two championship golf courses, a full-service spa and fitness center, three swimming pools and seven tennis courts.
The Sanex WTA Tour is the world’s premier professional sport for women. In 2002, more than 1,000 players representing nearly 76 nations competed for more than $51 million in prize money at 66 events in 33 countries. Sanex WTA Tour events are seen in person by more than four million fans worldwide, with its matches televised to more than 6.1 billion homes annually. The Sanex WTA Tour's season concluded with the Home Depot Championships presented by Porsche at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Nov. 6-11, 2002. Further information on the Tour can be found on the Internet at www.sanexwta.com