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Tennis star Venus Williams speaks during a press conference after arriving at Incheon International Airport on September 16, 2005 in Incheon, South Korea. Williams will participate in an exhibition match with Maria Sharapova on September 19 in Seoul.

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Tennis star Venus Williams speaks during a press conference after arriving at Incheon International Airport on September 16, 2005 in Incheon, South Korea. Williams will participate in an exhibition match with Maria Sharapova on September 19 in Seoul.

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Sharapova, Williams to Meet Fans on Saturday


During their short stays in Seoul, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams will have a couple of chances to meet South Korean fans in public.

The two stars will have a fan meeting on Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of Hyundai Department Store in Samsung-dong, southern Seoul.

On Sunday afternoon, they are scheduled to have a two-hour class with young tennis players at the Olympic Park.

Sharapova is also planned to appear in a television show of MBC, which will be aired next Saturday. Sharapova will arrive at Incheon International Airport from Los Angeles at 4:50 p.m. today and will head for Hotel Shilla. Williams will come from New York ten minutes later and she will stay at Lotte Hotel.
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Stars Clash in Seoul


By Kim Hyun-cheol
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The biggest tennis match ever held in South Korea will take place during ``Chusok,ĄŻĄŻ or Korean Thanksgiving, as Maria Sharapova of Russia and Venus Williams of the United States have an exhibition match in Seoul on Monday.

The match between two of the greatest current female pro athletes will be held in a special court at Olympic Gymnasium, located in Chamsil, southeastern Seoul, with a capacity of 10,000.

This is the second visit for the teenage Sharapova, after winning the title of the first-ever Hansol Open last year. Williams has not visited South Korea so far.

The defending champion Sharapova canĄŻt play at the Hansol Open this year, with the amendment of the World Tennis Association regulations that prohibits top-ranked players from playing at tournaments in lower tiers in case there is a higher-tier tournament held at the same time, which motivated this exhibition match.




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Last year, the Hansol Open made great local success, attracting some 30,000 fans with the appearance of the Russian player and resulting in sell-out crowds in every match she played.

Sharapova, currently the world no.1, has a 2-1 edge in their past encounters. However, Venus won their latest showdown in July in the semifinal match at Wimbledon, where the 25-year-old won the title.

Both are scheduled to arrive in South Korea today, and Sharapova will take part in the Beijing Open tournament after the game. The game will be televised live on local broadcaster MBC at 4 p.m.

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Venus, Maria in an exhibition matchPosted on 17 September 2005 - 16:36

World No.1 Maria Sharapova had to show some fancy footwork on Saturday after meeting South Korean fans ahead of an exhibition match against Wimbledon champion Venus Williams.

The Russian, who had to dash back and retrieve a gold sneaker after it slipped off following a photo-signing session, will be keen to extend her 2-1 career record against seventh-ranked Williams in their exhibition match Monday at Seoul's Olympic Gymnasium.

Williams defeated Sharapova 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the Wimbledon semifinals this year. Sharapova went on to make the US Open final four after Williams bowed out in the quarterfinals.

Williams says she has an affinity for sharing the court with Sharapova.

"Whenever I play with her, I feel like I'm playing myself," South Koreas Yonhap news agency quoted the American as saying. Although only a warm up for the China Open in Beijing later this month, Monday's match will be a big show for South Korea ahead of this month's Korea Open. Defending champion Sharapova is unable to defend her Korea Open title because of rules limiting participation in lower tier events.

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Tennis star Venus Williams attends an autograph session on September 17, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. Williams will play Maria Sharapova in an invitational exhibition match on September 19 in Seoul.

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Russian Maria Sharapova, left, hands over a leaflet to American Venus Williams to sign their autographs during a fan meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. The two tennis stars will meet in an invitational exhibition match in Seoul on Monday.

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