China tennis champion Li Na confirms Hong Kong match

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 4:39pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 6:02pm

Li Na, China’s first grand slam champion, will take on former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the BNP Paribas Showdown at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Arena next March 4.

The new event, which coincides with World Tennis Day, will also feature great rivals, eight-time grand slam champion Ivan Lendl and seven-time grand slam winner John McEnroe.

Li and Wozniacki will play a best-of-three-sets match, while golden-oldies Lendl and McEnroe will provide the hits-of-yesterday in a pro-set encounter.

Li has a 3-2 head-to-head edge in their series, though Wozniacki won their only meeting this year, which came in Tokyo in October. Last year, Wozniacki was a straight-sets winner over Li in the ill-fated Hong Kong Tennis Classic at Victoria Park.

“It’s great to have the chance to play in Hong Kong again,” said Wozniacki. “It’s also exciting to be part of the first World Tennis Day. I hope it’s successful in getting more kids playing around the world.”

Lendl won 94 titles in his career, including an ATP tournament in Hong Kong in 1980. He then won consecutive Marlboro Championship titles from 1990-92.

“I have always enjoyed playing in Hong Kong. It is a place with a lot of good memories, including one of my first ever wins on the pro tour.”

McEnroe has also played in Hong Kong, most recently at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic last year.

World Tennis Day is held in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation.