Kolkata, September 6, 2005: Women Doubles World No. 1, Virginia
Ruano Pascual has confirmed her participation for the Doubles Draw
for the Sunfeast Open 2005, Kolkata. She will partner none other
than India's very own tennis sensation, Sania Mirza for the tournament.
Sunfeast Open 2005, Kolkata will be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium
from September 19-25, 2005.
Virginia Ruano Pascual, the Spanish champion, has to her credit
3 WTA Tour Singles titles and 34 WTA Tour Doubles titles with aggregate
prize money of $4,218,340. She is currently ranked as high as No.
1 for doubles. She has won three French Open doubles titles and
won the US Open doubles for three consecutive years 2002, 2003 and
2004. She has also won the coveted Australian Open doubles in 2004.
The period 2002-04 has been a dream period for Virginia Ruano Pascual.
In 2002, Virginia established herself as one of world's best doubles
players, winning eight of 10 finals (seven w/Suárez, one
w/Black). In 2003, Virginia continued her impressive run, reaching
all four Grand Slam finals (w/Suárez) for a streak of seven
straight wins dating back to 2002 Roland Garros. The year 2004 was
another outstanding year in doubles (w/Suarez), where Virginia won
the Australian Open, the French Open (third there and ninth consecutive
Grand Slam final) and US Open (seventh Grand Slam together), defeating
Kuznetsova/Likhovtseva in all three finals. She won a Tour-best
65 doubles matches.
On the other hand, Sania Mirza, the young Indian rising tennis
star recently created history by becoming the first Indian woman
tennis player to reach the fourth round of Grand Slam- US Open 2005.
Competing with top seeded Russian and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria
Sharapova in the pre-quarter-finals of the 2005 U.S. Open women's
singles, has only further strengthened Sania's confidence as she
gears up for her next WTA tournament in her home country - Sunfeast
Open 2005, Kolkata.
Says Mahesh Bhupathi, Managing Director, Globosport India Pvt.
Ltd., Sania's fantastic performance at the US Open 2005 has been
successful in impressing and achieving international acclaim. Virginia's
decision to partner Sania for doubles draw at Sunfeast Open 2005,
Kolkata just goes to prove this point. The duo would a make good
combination where experience would join hands with fresh talent
& sincerity to excel. The addition of yet another world's top
seed player to the player field of Sunfeast Open 2005, talks volumes
of the quality & reach of Indian tennis and will definitely
help us make the tournament a roaring success."
Says Tournament Director, Jaidip Mukherjea, "It doesn't get
bigger than this. We have managed to get the Women's World No 1
player in doubles to participate at the Sunfeast Open 2005. This
is a coup of sorts and is an incredible opportunity for India to
project itself as a country rich in tennis talent, thereby successfully
placing it on the global sporting arena.
Players like Virginia, Myskina, Likhovtseva, Karolina Sprem, Tanasugarn
among others will ensure in keeping the excitement for Sunfeast
Open 2005 alive as we closer to the D-day. With some more surprises
to unfold, our hopes of a super hit tournament are only soaring
by the minute."
The combination of Sania and Virginia will provide an ideal recipe
for tennis fans and enthusiasts who will be witness some top tennis
action at the Sunfeast Open 2005, Kolkata. Virginia's dominance
on the doubles circuit will act as a perfect complement to Sania's
aggressive play. Partnering Virginia will be a great learning experience
for Sania Mirza who continues to make an impression with every tour.
With her singles career already on a high and having achieved her
goals for the year, Sania can also concentrate on her skills in
doubles and improve on her overall serve and volley game in addition
to her strong backhand and forehand.
About Sunfeast Open 2005, Kolkata
Touted as South Asia's biggest sporting spectacle, Sunfeast Open
2005 is Tier III WTA (Women Tennis Association) event with prize
money of US$ 170,000. It will be played at Netaji Indoor Stadium
in Kolkata from September 19-25, 2005. The Sunfeast Open 2005, Kolkata
is a new event that is being added for the first time to the WTA
Tour championships, and will feature some of the world's leading
players as well the new generation of Indian stars led by Sania
Mirza and Shikha Uberoi. The tournament is being brought to Kolkata
by Globosport, the sports management company owned by Mahesh Bhupathi,
under the auspices of the Government of West Bengal. With the explosion
of talent in women's tennis in India, the Sunfeast Open 2005 - Kolkata
will allow Indians to see a new generation of Indian women take
on the best in the world in their own backyard. For further information,
For further information, please contact:
Anirban Das Blah Suresh Rangarajan
Globosport India Pvt Ltd Vaishnavi
Mobile: 98860 40643 Tel: 56568787
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