MOSCOW, November 28 (RIA Novosti) (http://en.rian.ru/sports/)
Russia’s Sharapova to return at Hong Kong expo tournament
MOSCOW, November 28 (RIA Novosti) (http://en.rian.ru/sports/) – Russia’s former world No.1 Maria Sharapova will join two other Russian tennis players to play in an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong on January 7-10.
The 21-year-old tennis player withdrew from the WTA Rogers Cup in Montreal in late July because of a shoulder injury.
The injury forced Sharapova, who began the year by winning the 2008 Australian Open, to miss the U.S. Open, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other major tennis events.
China’s Zheng Jie, the 2008 Wimbledon semifinalist, together with India’s No.1 Sania Mirza and Zhang Ling of Hong Kong will be playing for the Asia Pacific team.
The tournament will start with semifinal games consisting of two singles and one doubles match, the Russian team will take on Asia Pacific, while the Americas will compete against Europe.