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Sania to take on Venus in Hong Kong

The 19-year-old tennis sensation will face Williams in the first round of Watson Challenge later this week. Sania Mirza: Attitude Unlimited

tennis Updated: Jan 02, 2006 19:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sania Mirza will take on three-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the opening singles match as she kicks off her 2006 campaign at the Watson Water Champions Challenge in Hong Kong. The tournament startson Wednesday.

The eight-player exhibition event features the cream of women's tennis - three reigning Grand Slam champions, Venus Williams (Wimbledon), Serena Williams (Australian Open) and Kim Clijsters (US Open), besides world number one Lindsay Davenport.

Alongside Sania, the 2005 Hyderabad Open winner, Nicole Vaidisova (Japan Open), Zheng Jie (China National Games champion) and Elena Dementieva (Fed Cup) complete the line-up.

Sania is set to pair up with world number two Kim Clijsters in the doubles event with the duo taking on the Williams sisters on Wednesday in a best of 15 games match.

The 19-year old Hyderabadi then takes on Venus in the best of three sets singles on Thursday, and a win or loss would see her play the winner or loser of Davenport-Vaidisova tie accordingly.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 17:00 IST