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Sharapova, Williams to Duel in Seoul Next Month



SEOUL (Yonhap) - Two of the world's leading female tennis players will compete in a match in Seoul next month, sports officials here said Tuesday.
They said that Russia's Maria Sharapova and America's Venus Williams will play against each other in eastern Seoul on Sept. 19 on the Korean post-harvest holiday of Chuseok.

It promises to be the highestprofile tennis game ever in South Korea, according to organizers who hope it will promote the sport in a country more fascinated by other sports such as football and baseball.

The 18-year-old Sharapova won the women's Wimbledon title in 2004, but the 25-year-old Williams took the coveted trophy last month.

Sharapova stole the show last year at the Hansol Korea Open, the first WTA tour tournament ever held in South Korea.

Although she only played several matches here, her visit led to a burst of interest in tennis across the country and media headlines that read "Sharapova Fever."
 

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Damnit. I was hoping it would be Rena. :(
 

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Someone has to help me with the Special Exempt rules.

If Sharapova is the top player in the world, will she be forced to play the Tier II that week (Beijing)? I remember when Eastbourne had several withdrawals two years ago, and Mauresmo was the highest ranked player playing that week so she had to skip out of s-'Hertogenbosch and play England.
 

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safinforlife said:
Sharapova, Williams to Duel in Seoul Next Month



SEOUL (Yonhap) - Two of the world's leading female tennis players will compete in a match in Seoul next month, sports officials here said Tuesday.
They said that Russia's Maria Sharapova and America's Venus Williams will play against each other in eastern Seoul on Sept. 19 on the Korean post-harvest holiday of Chuseok..
Isn't this only a week after tthe US Open. I guess Vee will be busy again, taking her 2005 US Open victory tour to South Korea


safinforlife said:
Sharapova stole the show last year at the Hansol Korea Open, the first WTA tour tournament ever held in South Korea.

Although she only played several matches here, her visit led to a burst of interest in tennis across the country and media headlines that read "Sharapova Fever."
Koreans and Japanese don't agree on a lot things, but they equaly go crazy about the Blonde One.
Just to outdo Japan earlier gesture toward Sharapova(puting her face on a postage stamp), Korea might name a goverment building after her
 

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Looks like Vee and Maria like to play against each other in exhibition matches.
 

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Sharapova's appearance in Seoul last year was a joke...she was just trolling for points and tourney wins...I don't believe she played a single top 50 player....
 

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Vee will win again! WOO HOO!
 
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