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The Tennis Channel's Chia Open Semifinals Feature Four Top-12 Players, Including Wimbledon, US Open Championship

LOS ANGELES, September 24, 2004

The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, will telecast a star-studded pair of semifinal matches in Beijing tomorrow, paving the way for a potential classic championship final this Sunday.

Each of the top four seeds at the WTA Tour’s China Open has advanced to reach the semifinals, ensuring matches that feature three Grand Slam winners, including defending Wimbledon-champion Maria Sharapova (Ranked No. 7, three seed) against newly crowned US Open-champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (No. 9, two seed), and Wimbledon finalist and six-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams (No. 11, top seed) against rising star Vera Zvonareva (No. 10, four seed), who reached the quarterfinals at this year’s French Open.

The network’s coverage begins with the Sharapova-Kuznetsova match Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. The second semifinal between Williams and Zvonareva immediately follows. The winners will square off in the championship final, also on The Tennis Channel, Sunday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

Sept. 25-26 The Tennis Channel’s China Open Coverage (all times Eastern)

Singles semifinals and championship final coverage

Saturday, Sept. 25 – 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 26 – 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (repeated Sept. 27 – 8 p.m.-10 p.m.)

The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the 24-hour 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.

For Further information:
Eric Abner , Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or eabner@tennischannel.com