Elena Dementieva

Steely Venus determined to rise again

Olympic glory tops 2008 agenda

You have to wonder what will happen to the world of fashion once Venus Williams turns her hobby into a full-time profession. A good guess is it won't know what hit it.

Friday, 4 January, 2008, 12:00am

Fond memories for Dementieva as stars serve up kids' treat

For the few hundred children gathered on Victoria Park's centre court yesterday it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

Some grabbed it, some bottled it, but no matter which way their shots went you can bet each one will always remember the day they were given the chance to trade shots with some of the best players in the world.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Taking care of business

Tennis can be the most solitary of pursuits. First comes the countless hours spent pounding balls in practice with little more than thoughts for company - the net separating you from your coach or practice partner as surely as it does from the rest of the world.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Stars align for Watsons final

The final that everybody wanted came to fruition last night when Russian superstar Maria Sharapova and defending champion Kim Clijsters won their semi-final matches in the Watsons Water Champions Challenge.

6 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Sharapova has the last laugh

Everyone got the result they wanted yesterday when Russian superstar Maria Sharapova beat her compatriot Elena Dementieva 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semi-final of the Watsons Water Champions Challenge.

6 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Clijsters' power proves too much for Zheng

On an evening at Victoria Park where a downpour looked about to happen at any time, it was Kim Clijsters who rained on China's Zheng Zie's parade by comfortably beating her 6-3, 6-2 in 70 minutes.

Although forecasted showers held off for all of yesterday's play in the Watsons Water Champions Challenge, Zheng was the one who left court with a face like a wet weekend.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Chinese on fast track to becoming world beaters, say star duo

They say success breeds success and thanks to the exploits of starlets Zheng Jie and Yan Zi China will soon be reaping the benefits.The pair, who will join a stellar cast at the Watsons Water Champions Challenge from January 3-6 at Victoria Park, are adamant a new dawn in the sport is breaking on the mainland.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Hong Kong girls aiming for icing on the cake

The Hong Kong girls' under-16 team will need to be at their best if they are to achieve their goal of reaching the quarter-finals of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Federation Cup which starts in Barcelona, Spain, today.

27 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Sports Quiz

1. Which Australian rugby league player has asked to be released from international duties so as to play for English side Warrington?

2. Name the two soccer players who have come out of international retirement to play for France again?

3. Who holds test cricket's highest individual score?

4. Which Australian golfer is ranked in the world's top 10?

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Dementieva dethrones Venus

'It's really a great start to the year no matter whether it was just an exhibition or not'

Russia's Elena Dementieva dethroned Venus Williams to become the new queen of the Watsons Water Champions Challenge, winning an uninspiring final with a quickfire 6-3, 6-2 performance at Victoria Park yesterday.

9 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Gritty Venus sets up title defence

American Venus Williams pulled off another miraculous escape when she won a thrilling match against Russian powerhouse Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach today's final of the Watsons Water Champions Challenge.

8 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Tennis stars donate personal items for charity auction

Top tennis players competing in the Watsons Water Champions Challenge have donated personal items for a charity auction to help Asian tsunami victims. It will be held tomorrow at Victoria Park, where the final will be played.

7 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

What's On

ALL-STAR TENNIS EVENT

Eight of the world's top female tennis players will take part in this year's Watsons Water Champions Challenge running from Wednesday to Saturday at the Victoria Park Tennis Stadium in Causeway Bay.

3 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Russian stars don't hold all aces, says Czech

Rising Czech star Nicole Vaidisova gave a clear message to her more illustrious opponents after being thrust in the firing line for this week's Watsons Water Champions Challenge. She said: 'I fear nobody.'

3 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Wiser, stronger Elena ready to pounce

Russian Elena Dementieva believes this is going to be her year. The 22-year-old Moscovite makes another appearance in Hong Kong as one of the favourites in a tournament she came so close to winning in 2002.

Dementieva was leading Jennifer Capriati in the final before the American staged a miraculous comeback to win a thrilling three-setter at Victoria Park.

7 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

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