Teenage Indian icon Sania Mirza confirmed she would be appearing in Hong Kong, short skirt and all, as organisers of the Watsons Water Champions Challenge yesterday unveiled the last four players in the eight-strong field for the January 4-7 tournament at Victoria Park. Mirza, 19, will join defending champion and world number eight Elena Dementieva of Russia, Czech glamour girl Nicole Vaidisova, the world number 15, and China's National Games champion Zheng Jie in the annual event. They will be up against the top four seeds - Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters, the world's number one and two respectively, and the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, who complete a star-studded field. It will be Hong Kong fans' first chance of seeing Mirza in the flesh. The darling of Indian tennis has been in hot water back home for wearing short skirts, which the orthodox Muslim community says openly flouts Islam's dress code. The fastest rising star in the tennis world this year - men or women - Mirza fell foul of the radicals from all quarters more recently for advocating safe sex, which was perceived as her consent for pre-marital sex. A devout Muslim - she prays five times a day and follows all the tenets of Islam - Mirza will be praying that the only thing which makes the headlines in Hong Kong will be her explosive tennis and not her outspoken style. The diminutive Mirza has jumped from 326 to 31 in the rankings this year. She is also the first Indian woman to reach the last 16 at the US Open and the first ever to break into the world's top 50. Vijay Amritraj has described her as 'a future grand slam champion' and local fans will get their chance to assess this view for themselves. Along with Mirza, Vaidisova and Zheng will be seen for the first time in Hong Kong. The 1.81-metre tall Vaidisova has won three tournaments in Asia - Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok - and is expected to make her presence felt here. 'The Hong Kong Tennis Patrons Association [organisers] likes to spot these youngsters, just like we did with Maria Sharapova. We enjoy bringing a newcomer to our event, it's like an investment. By all accounts she has the lot and she is shaping to become the best in the world,' said Ian Wade, president of the association. 'Having the world's number one and two is a huge achievement and in addition to that we have three reigning grand slam champions in Serena [Australian Open], Venus [Wimbledon] and Kim [US Open],' said Terry Catton, the co-tournament director. The top four players will be drawn against the others in a quarter-final round on the opening two days. The winners will advance into the gold group where they will be pitted against each other in two semi-finals, while the losers will move into the silver group. 'The Friday of the tournament will be 'Super Friday' when we will have four semi-finals. The finals will be held on Saturday, January 7. There will be two finals plus the doubles final,' said Catton. Tickets will go on sale on December 6 and range from $280 and $480 for the opening two days to $580 and $680 for the final.