LOS ANGELES, August 5, 2004 —
The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, is providing an encore presentation of Saturday’s historic WTA Tour match between 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, Sunday, Aug. 8, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The nearly two-and-a-half-hour battle took place July 31, during the second semifinal at last week’s Acura Classic, and featured the longest third-set tiebreak in the history of the women’s tour.
The retelecast of the match was announced today by Bruce Rider, executive vice president, programming and marketing, The Tennis Channel.
“This opportunity, gives tennis fans across the country a second chance to witness an immediate classic,” said Rider. “We’re pleased to be able to show it again so soon after our original telecast last Saturday.”
The match between these two close friends will be remembered most for its 32-point third-set tiebreak, which was the longest in WTA Tour history. Both players had numerous chances to close out the match, with Zvonareva collecting nine match points, only to have Myskina save eight of the nine in the third-set tiebreak, and win on her own fifth match point. The final score was Myskina over Zvonareva 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (15).
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.