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Tsunami dead honoured by stars in Hong Kong

Leading women tennis stars observed a minute's silence ahead of a Hong Kong invitational today in honour of those killed in Asia.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2005 06:17 PM IST

Leading women tennis stars have observed a minute's silence ahead of a Hong Kong invitational on Wednesday in honour of the thousands killed in the Asian tsunamis.

Top players including Russia's Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and former world no. 1 Serena Williams of America paid their respects to the near 150,000 who perished.

They will also donate to a fund-raising auction signed racquets and other souvenir's from the Hong Kong Challenge, which began on Wednesday in the city's Victoria Park Tennis Centre.

Sharapova had already donated $10,000 to the Thai government's victim relief fund during an exhibition event last week in Bangkok.

The Hong Kong tournament will see Williams, her sister Venus, and Sharapova play in round-robin singles and doubles competitions with US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, French and US Open finalist Elena Dementieva, world number 11 Vera Zvonareva, up-and coming Czech star Nicole Vaidisova and Spanish veteran Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

The 15-year-old Vaidisova replaces France's Amelie Mauresmo, who pulled out due to injury.

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