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TENNIS CHANNEL’S WEEKEND DUBAI TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE TO INCLUDE SHAHAR PEER’S SEMIFINAL WITH DEFENDING CHAMPION VENUS WILLIAMS

LOS ANGELES, February 18, 2010

Prevented from Playing in 2009 Tournament, Peer would Clinch Title with Two Victories

Tennis Channel’s exclusive live singles semifinal and final coverage of the Dubai Tennis Championships will begin with a Friday match between American defending champion Venus Williams and Israeli Shahar Peer, who was prevented from competing in the tournament in 2009. Granted a visa this year by officials in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the unseeded Peer has made noise in the event by reaching the semifinals, along the way upsetting the top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 3 singles player. Peer (No. 22) and the third-seeded Williams (No. 5) will play Friday, Feb. 19, at 5 a.m. ET

The other semifinal is set for Friday at 10 a.m. ET, and features Belarus’ fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka (No. 6) against Poland’s seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 9). Semifinal winners will face one another in the championship match, live on the network Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. ET.

Tennis Channel will air same- and next-day encore coverage of both semifinals and the championship match. The first semifinal will run Friday, Feb. 19, at 12 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET, and Saturday, Feb. 20, at 5 a.m. ET. The second semifinal encore is set for Saturday, Feb. 20, at 12 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. ET. The network’s championship encore coverage will take place Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. ET and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 10 p.m. ET.

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