LI NA vs. STOSUR BERDYCH vs. HEWITT

BNP Paribas Showdown on World Tennis Day
Hong Kong Velodrome
3 MARCH 2014 . 19.30

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BNP PARIBAS SHOWDOWN RETURNS

The second annual BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong will feature four of today’s top tennis stars. Tomas Berdych, who is currently in the Top 10 of the ATP rankings, will face two-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the opening match. That will be followed by former French Open champion and World No. 4 Li Na taking on former US Open champion Sam Stosur.

BNP PARIBAS CONTINUES SPONSORSHIP

BNP Paribas, a leader in banking and financial services and the world No. 1 tennis partner, will support this event again this year as title sponsor. BNP Paribas is also title sponsor of the Showdown held on World Tennis Day at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

PROUD PARTNERS

In addition to the title sponsorship by BNP Paribas, other sponsors of the BNP Paribas Showdown include Accor Hotels, Fiji Water, Financial Times, Getty Images, Pure Fitness, Quintessentially Lifestyle, Rolex, South China Morning Post, Volkswagen and Wilson.

GLOBAL AUDIENCE

The BNP Paribas Showdown will once again reach a global audience as it will be broadcast to over 140 countries. NOW TV will serve as the host broadcaster of the matches in Hong Kong, with global distribution via ESPN International and Eurosport, both of which will also broadcast the World Tennis Day Showdown from London and BNP Paribas Showdown in New York. In the United States, Tennis Channel will broadcast the BNP Paribas Showdown from Hong Kong while anchoring day-long coverage from a host desk in its new Los Angeles studio.

TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY

Tickets for the 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown at Hong Kong Velodrome go on sale Tuesday, 14 January, at 10:00 a.m. at HK Ticketing Outlets located at all Tom Lee Stores, HKCEC, HKAPA and Fringe Club. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.hkticketing.com or by calling the HK Ticketing Ticket Purchase Hotline at 31 288 288 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily.

SECOND ANNUAL WORLD TENNIS DAY

Events featuring current and former professional players are taking place in London and New York City as well as in Hong Kong as part of the second annual World Tennis Day. Grassroots participation events will also be held around the world to mark to occasion.

LAST YEAR IN HONG KONG

The first BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong helped kick off the inaugural World Tennis Day on March 4, 2013. Seven-time Grand Slam tournament winner John McEnroe defeated eight-time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl 8-5, and former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska defeated two-time year-end No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4 in front of 4,600 fans at Asia-World Arena.

MORE THAN MATCHES

The BNP Paribas Showdown offers much more than just marquee matches with top tennis stars. World class hospitality is a hallmark of all Showdown events, and that will again be the case in Hong Kong in 2014.

YOUTH WILL BE SERVED

It will not just be today's top professional players who will be featured at the BNP Paribas Showdown. Top junior players will have the play at Hong Kong Velodrome during the event.

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THE 2014 FIELD

The four players who will participate in the 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong have combined to win 50 total titles on the ATP and WTA Tours. Here is a brief biography on each player:

LI NA

LI NAis the No. 4 ranked player on the WTA Tour. The 31-year-old from China owns eight career titles, highlighted by her historic victory at the 2011 French Open, the first at a Grand Slam by an Asian player. In 2013, she reached the Australian Open final for the second time in her career and closed the season by finishing as runner-up at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul. Li has appeared in a total of 19 finals at WTA events. She started 2014 at a career high ranking of No. 3 and won the title at the opening week WTA event in Shenzhen. Off the court, she is one of only three women named to Forbes’ Top 100 Earning Athletes list in 2013.

STOSUR

Sam Stosur won the 2011 US Open, beating Serena Williams in the final. She owns five career singles titles, including two that she claimed in 2013. In addition, she has reached 14 finals, including at the French Open in 2010. In singles, Stosur has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, and she spent 61 weeks ranked No. 1 in doubles. Stosur owns a total of 24 career doubles titles, including two at Grand Slam tournaments. She also has won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

BERDYCH

Tomas Berdych is the No. 7 ranked player on the ATP World Tour, and 2013 marked his fourth straight Top 10 season after he reached the quarterfinals in 15 of 23 tournaments. He has won eight career titles and reached the finals 11 other times, including at Wimbledon in 2010 and at three events during the 2013 season. Last summer, Berdych reached his career high ATP ranking of No. 5. He has helped the Czech Republic to win back-to-back Davis Cup titles. To open the 2014 season, he partnered with countryman Jan Hajek to win the doubles title at the ATP event in Doha.

HEWITT

Lleyton Hewitt spent 80 weeks ranked No. 1 on the ATP World Tour after becoming the youngest to reach the top spot as a 20-year-old in 2001. He has won 29 career titles, including one in Brisbane to open the 2014 season where he defeated Roger Federer in the final. He has won two Grand Slam titles - 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon. Hewitt has been runner-up 16 times in his career, including twice at Grand Slam tournaments. He also owns a Grand Slam doubles title, winning the 2000 US Open. He has twice been a member of a winning Australian Davis Cup team. Hewitt, who will turn 33-years-old one week before World Tennis Day, will start the Australian Open just four wins shy of becoming the third active player with 600 career match wins, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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