World No.1 to play Hua Hin charity match

Posted on December 2, 2011

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World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki will come back to Thailand to face third-ranked Victoria Azarenka in a charity match on New Year’s Day, organisers said yesterday.


The World Tennis Charity Invitation also features Thai legend Paradorn Srichaphan who will return to action against world No.18 John Isner, said Suwat Liptapanlop, president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thaialnd.

Proceeds from the event, to be held at the Inter Continental Hua Hin Resort’s Centennial Park, will go to the flood relief efforts.

Denmark’s Wozniacki, who won six titles this year, played Kim Clijsters at the Hua Hin event in the previous edition.

“I had a fantastic time in Thailand last year and it is a pleasure to be back again,” said Wozniacki who has claimed 18 WTA titles.

“I have seen some of the pictures of the terrible floods and I am delighted to be a part of the World Tennis Charity Invitation and help raise money for the flood relief.”

Belarus’ Azarenka, who has won eight titles including three this year, will make her first appearance in Thailand.

“This will be my first visit to Thailand and I am very excited,” said Azarenka. “I am really pleased to go there and play for the Thai fans and help raise money to assist people who have been affected by the devastating floods.”

American Isner had the most successful season of his career this year with two titles.

“I am very pleased to return to Thailand and visit Hua Hin for the first time. I’m looking forward to playing with Paradorn and doing our bit to help in the flood relief.”

Former world No.9 Paradorn, who retired in 2006, is glad to be part of the event.

“It is nice to be part of this charity event. It is nice to make a return although it is just for a charity match. Of course, my fitness is not as perfect as it was many years ago. But as Thailand is the host of the event, I am very pleased to play and help raise funds for the flood relief efforts,” he said.

“It will also help promote tourism in Thailand in general and Hua Hin in particular.

“I have never played with John Isner but trained with him a couple of times. He played in the Thailand Open a few years ago.”

Suwat said that he was delighted to welcome Wozniacki and Azarenka to the country.

“Caroline and Victoria are both wonderful players at the top of their game,” he said. “We are absolutely delighted that they have accepted our invitation to play in the World Tennis Charity Invitation and help raise money for the flood relief,” said Suwat.

Wozniacki will arrive in Thailand on Dec 26 while Azarenka and Isner are scheduled to arrive on Dec 29.

The event will be televised live on Channel 3 from 5pm.

Tickets are priced at 2,000 baht each and will be available from tomorrow at Thai Ticket Major (tel. 02-262-3456,www.thaiticketmajor.com).

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