Headlines 2010

Hong Kong Tennis Classic 2010


Hong Kong: 9 January 2010

Maria defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Team Europe at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic in the final to give Team Russia the one point they needed for the win. Maria won 7-5 6-3 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

In the 1st set that lasted 56 minutes, Wozniacki took a 5-3 lead but Maria saved 2 set-points as she came back to take the next 4 games to take the set 7-5.

9 January 2010:Maria of team Russia holds the trophy after defeating
Caroline Wozniacki in 2 sets.

Maria took a 4-1 lead in the 2nd set, Wozniacki broke Maria as she took the next 2 games but Maria rebounded to break Wozniacki again and take the next 2 games to seal the win.
Earlier on in the day Yevgeny Kafelnikov gave Team Russia their first point as he defeated Stefan Edberg of Team Europe 7-6 6-4.

source: mariasharapova.com

Hong Kong: 6 January 2010.

Maria had 2 wins out of 2 in Hong Kong as she helped put Team Russia in the final. In Maria’s singles match she defeated Jie Zheng of China 6-7 6-4 6-2 and then later on in the night she teamed up with Yevgeny Kafelnikov and they defeated Ayumi Morita and Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4 7-5.

6 January 2010:Maria defeated Jie Zeng in 3 sets

In Maria’s singles win against Zheng, Maria lost the first set in a tie-break, Maria started to up her level as she took the next 2 sets 6-4 6-2 to clinch victory.

In the final Team Russia will play either Team Americas or Europe.

Team Europe

Team Russia

DEN Caroline Wozniacki RUS Maria Sharapova
BLR Victoria Azarenka RUS Vera Zvonareva
SWE Stefan Edberg RUS Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Team Americas

Team Asia Pacific

USA Venus Williams CHN Zheng Jie
ARG Gisela Dulko JPN Ayumi Morita
USA Michael Chang THA Paradorn Scrichaphan


2 January 2010

Maria defeated Venus Williams of the United States 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour and 23 minutes at the Hua Hin Cenntenial Invitational exhibition in Hua Hin, Thailand in her first match of 2010.

2 Januari 2010:Maria wint haar 1e wedstrijd in 2010 van Venus Williams.

In the hot conditions in Thailand Maria took a 5-1 lead in the 1st set, lost 2 games but took the 1 game she needed to take the 1st set, the 2nd set was a little closer and Maria edged it 6-4.

source: mariasharapova.com

Maria after the match:
good to be back. Ixe2x80x99m glad to play against Venus in my first match of the year,xe2x80x9d

xe2x80x9cI still remember when I first came here (in 2005). I was still young and had a great match with Venus,xe2x80x9d

Maria’s eerste trofee in 2010

Hua Hin Centennial Invitation with Maria Sharapova vs Venus Williams

The Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand under the patronage of His Majesty the King and the city of Hua Hin are proud to present the Centennial Invitation tennis match between tennis superstars Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams.

The Centennial Invitation will be held at Centennial Park, Hua Hin on Saturday 2 January 2010 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hua Hin and usher in the New Year in exciting fashion with two of the most popular tennis players in the world.

Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams have been two of the most dominant presences in womenxe2x80x99s tennis for the last decade. Between them they have won an amazing 10 Grand Slam, and 61 WTA, singles titles. Their rivalry is intense and their head-to-head record stands at three wins each. Maria will be celebrating New Yearxe2x80x99s Eve at the new InterContinental Resort, Hua Hin and said, xe2x80x9cI am delighted to be able to spend my New Year in Hua Hin, Thailand. I am sure it will be an exciting time and I am looking forward to competing in the Centennial Invitation.xe2x80x9d

Venus is also looking forward to competing in Thailand again. xe2x80x9cI have very fond memories of my previous visits to Thailand and am really looking forward to returning for the Centennial Invitation match in Hua Hin,xe2x80x9d she said.

Maria arrives at Bangkok airport.