Serena harnessing HK talent

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 September, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 September, 2002, 12:00am

US Open champion and world number one Serena Williams will be using local talent to help demonstrate her awesome power and skill at Victoria Park on Saturday. The younger Williams sister, who arrives in the SAR today fresh from victory at Flushing Meadows, will be joined by Hong Kong's John Hui, Tong Ka-po and Hong Kong-based 1994 Asian Games men's singles champion Asif Ismail of India.

Dubbed 'Serena Williams live', the event will be a celebration of the female superstar's phenomenal success. Williams will be demonstrating the powerful brand of shot-making that has propelled her to world number one and won her three straight Grand Slam titles this year - the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Spectators must remember the event is not a match but a combination of displays of tennis skills and an insight into the hottest female player in the world. Williams will reveal how she uses her broad arms and muscular legs to launch powerful serves and deliver blistering groundstrokes, in combination with the use of delicate volleys and acute angles to overwhelm opponents.

As a student at the Art Institute of Florida, Williams is considered one of the most fashion conscious players on the circuit. Her outfits at the US Open caused a huge stir in tennis and fashion circles. Her skin-tight black 'cat-suit' and 'Pink Panther' outfits and diamond-encrusted tiara and bracelet have wowed fans.

'I have not decided what I will wear in Hong Kong yet but I will not disappoint my fans. It will be quite exciting,' said the 20-year-old player, who hopes to do some shopping while she is in Hong Kong.