LOS ANGELES, October 15, 2004 —
The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, will have the top two seeds in the semifinals for the third consecutive tournament in the network’s coverage of tennis’ race to the WTA Tour Championships (women) and Tennis Masters Cup (men). The world’s four top-ranked players advanced to the semifinals in the WTA Tour’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany last weekend, and the four top seeds did the same a week earlier at the ATP’s Thailand Open Oct. 2-3 – and both featured the No. 1 and No. 2 players in women’s and men’s tennis, respectively, ultimately squaring off in the final match.
The Tennis Channel now has the top-seeded Lindsay Davenport and Anastasia Myskina in the semifinals at the WTA Tour’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow this weekend. With initial one-seed Amelie Mauresmo pulling out of the Kremlin Cup before the tournament began, two-seed Lindsay Davenport and three-seed Anastasia Myskina are the top contenders in the field, and face each other in the first semifinal match, Saturday, Oct. 16, at 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT.
Davenport has played match after match of inspired tennis since mid-summer, storming to the lead in the WTA Tour Championships standings. In advancing to the semifinals in Moscow this week, she further punctuated her exciting season by reclaiming the No. 1 singles spot when the new rankings are released by the WTA Tour on Monday. For Davenport, Monday will mark a return to the top for the first time since Jan. 13, 2002. Meanwhile, French Open-winner Myskina (ranked No. 4, fourth in the WTA Tour Championship standings), will look to avenge the semifinal match she lost to Davenport in Filderstadt last weekend.
The Tennis Channel’s second semifinal immediately follows the first, and features five-seed Elena Dementieva (No. 6, sixth in the standings) against unseeded Elena Bovina (No. 19, 25 in the standings). While Davenport and Myskina are already assured a trip to the championships, every match of Dementieva’s helps to determine her final position, as she is currently sixth in the standings. Complete standings can be found at http://www.wtatour.com/rankings/porsche/singles.asp.
The winners of both semifinals will meet Sunday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 a.m. ET/2:30 a.m. PT., also live on the network. The Tennis Channel will repeat both semifinals Saturday, and the final on Sunday.
On the men’s circuit, The Tennis Channel has daylong singles coverage at the Masters Series Madrid next week, with live action that includes the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship final. With their tournament always one of the most important and exciting annual events on the men’s tennis professional tennis calendar, Madrid’s organizers are taking an unconventional approach this year, announcing this week that glamorous models will do the job traditionally held by tennis ball boys and ball girls.
The 32-man draw features almost every player in the top 20, with names like Roger Federer, Tim Henman, Andre Agassi and last year’s champion Juan Carlos Ferrero. The network will telecast more than 50 hours of live ATP Masters Series tennis, beginning Monday at 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT.
As part of the ATP Masters Series, Madrid is one of nine high-profile tournaments in which points are earned specifically toward entry into the end-of-year Tennis Masters Cup, competed in by only the top eight points-earners in the world. Added to the overall adrenaline is Madrid’s late October date, less than a month from November’s Tennis Masters Cup and second to last on the list of ATP Masters Series qualifying tournaments. This year is no different, as the field has a number of solid contenders competing for the final four spots. Current men’s standings can be found at: http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/championsrace/.
The Tennis Channel’s Upcoming Live Coverage (all times EST):
Oct. 16-17 Kremlin Cup (WTA Tour)
Live singles semifinals and championship coverage
Saturday, Oct. 16 – 5 a.m.-8 a.m. (repeated 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; 8 p.m.-11 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 17 – 5:30 a.m.-7 a.m. (repeated 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.)
Oct. 18-24 Masters Series Madrid (ATP)
Live singles coverage, including quarterfinals, semifinals and championship
Monday, Oct. 18 – 5 a.m.-11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 19 – 5 a.m.-11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 20 – 5 a.m.-11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21 – 5 a.m.-11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22 – 7:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 – 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24 – 9 a.m.-noon
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.