LOS ANGELES, October 8, 2004 —
The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, is live in Filderstadt, Germany this weekend, where the top four seeds have advanced to the semifinals at the WTA Tour’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The pairings mark just the fifth time this year that the top seeds have reached the semifinals at a WTA Tour event.
Adding to the anticipation are the players’ current rankings and standings in the Porsche Race to the WTA Tour Championships, the latter of which determines the eight singles players to qualify for the women’s tennis circuit’s end-of-year championships. With a tight field of contenders, each player’s performance between now and November has an enormous impact on her final standing and placement at the championship event. Current women’s standings can be found at http://www.wtatour.com/rankings/porsche/singles.asp.
Top-seed Amelie Mauresmo is ranked No. 1 in the world, and is currently second in the tour’s championship standings. She will play four-seed US Open-winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is ranked No. 5 and in third place in the championships race, just behind Mauresmo. The first semifinal takes place Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT.
Saturday’s second semifinal immediately follows the first. Two-seed Lindsay Davenport is also second in the world rankings, but currently leads the WTA Tour Championships standings. She faces the three-seed, French Open-champion Anastasia Myskina, No. 4 in both the world and the standings.
The championship final is also live on The Tennis Channel, Sunday, Oct. 10, at 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT.
The Tennis Channel’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix coverage (all times Eastern)
Live singles semifinals and championship coverage
Saturday, Oct. 9 – 7 a.m.-10 a.m. (repeated 8 p.m.-11 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 10 – 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. (repeated 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.)
The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, and provides unparalleled coverage of the game, its elite championships and its superstar athletes. The network’s comprehensive coverage includes telecasts of the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup. The Tennis Channel also showcases instruction from the finest teachers, legendary matches, in-depth profiles of the greatest players, analysis and news, the latest on equipment, and tennis getaways.