Moscow, Russia (January 28, 2011) â€“ Russian womenâ€™s tennis legends Elena Dementieva and Elena Likhovtseva took part in â€œTennis Stars for Children,â€ an exhibition mixed doubles match at the Tennis Palace Central Sports Club of Army (CSKA) on Jan. 27. The event was organized with the support of Gulfstream Security Systems, the Russian Tennis Federation, and Central Sports Army Club to benefit the Absolute Help Foundation and Serpukhov City Orphanage. The exhibition match featured Dementieva and Andrei Olkhovskiy against Likhovtseva and Igor Kunitsyn.
The charitable beneficiary of the match was the Absolute Help Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing chÐ°rity progrÐ°ms Ð°nd projects for children inÂ the areas ofÂ educÐ°tion, public heÐ°lth, sport Ð°nd other fields in Moscow. Sixty children from the local orphanage were present at the match and attended a photo and autograph session with players as well as received gifts from Gulfstream Security Systems and the Russian Tennis Federation.
A gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Dementieva has brought womenâ€™s tennis in Russia to new levels. She has been a member of the Russian Fed Cup Team since 1999 and won Russiaâ€™s Female of the Year Award in 2001. A winner of 16 WTA titles with a career high ranking of No. 3 in the world, Dementieva plans to continue to raise awareness and funding for children in need.
â€œI was very happy to be part of this amazing event,â€ said Dementieva. â€œIt was a joint effort of many people and companies and it was rewarding to see everyone work really hard to put this together.Â The children from the orphanage were wonderful and I am really glad I got to meet them and spend time with them. I look forward to taking part in similar events in the future.â€
Likhovtseva, a former top 15 singles player and No. 3 doubles player in the world, has won a total of three WTA singles titles and 27 WTA doubles titles.
The Absolute Help Foundation wÐ°s estÐ°blished inÂ 2002Â on the initiÐ°tive ofÂ the Ðbsolut Investment Group thÐ°t provides finÐ°nciÐ°l support toÂ the foundÐ°tion. The chÐ°rity orgÐ°nizÐ°tion operÐ°tes in theÂ territory of Moscow,Â closely collÐ°borÐ°ting with the Moscow Region Government. The foundÐ°tionâ€™s progrÐ°ms Ð°re focused onÂ improving heÐ°lth Ð°nd educÐ°tion of orphÐ°ns, children from sociÐ°lly deprived fÐ°milies, disÐ°bled children and other children in need. For more information please visit http://www.absolute-help.ru.
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Back in March during the Sony Ericsson Open we were on the scene as the WTA Tour heldÂ their awards ceremony for the 2009 award winners.
We’re celebrating 2010 with a countdown of the site’s “Greatest Hits.” In addition we mark the end of our third year as an outlet with news of our own: the site is currently undergoing a re-design and a re-launch with a new name to be announced just before the new site goes live before the end of the month. The rankings were determined by the number of hits between December 10, 2009 through December 10, 2010. The countdown will continue through New Year’s Day.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, USA â€“ The WTA, Womenâ€™s Tennis Association, announced today the winners of the 2010 annual Player Awards.Â Ten players were honored by the fans and the media for their outstanding achievements both on and off the court during the 2010 season.
Kim Clijsters was voted the WTAâ€™s 2010 Player of the Year for the second time in her career, having first earned the accolade in 2005. Just one year since making a comeback to the sport after a two-year hiatus, the 27-year-old Belgian had a terrific 2010 season, highlighted by winning her third US Open title and reaching her â€œsecond-careerâ€ highest ranking of World No.3 on August 23, 2010.Â In 2010, Clijsters won five tournaments including the year-end WTA Championships (Doha), the Brisbane International (Brisbane), the Sony Ericsson Open (Miami), and the Western & Southern Financial Group Womenâ€™s Open (Cincinnati), in addition to defending her title at the US Open.Â Previous recipients of the Player of the Year award include such greats as Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis, among others.
For her off the court achievements, Clijsters was also honored with the Player Service Award which recognizes the player who has done the most to support her fellow players through the WTA Playersâ€™ Council or other initiatives.
â€œItâ€™s really nice to win the Player of the Year award just one year after making a comeback and while I didnâ€™t think it would come so quickly, I am thrilled with the news,â€said Clijsters.Â â€œTo be honored by your fellow players with the Player Service award means so much to me because I believe that the social contact with the rest of the players is very important.Â This year I met a lot of new girls and it was very nice that so many of them had positive reactions to my daughter Jada as well.Â I want to thank my fellow players and the media who voted for me and I look forward to seeing everyone again in Australia.â€
The World No.1 doubles team of Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko earned their first award for Doubles Team of the Year.Â While the competition in doubles was fierce during the 2010 WTA season, the Pennetta/Dulko duo topped the world rankings and won seven titles, highlighted by the WTA Championships in Doha. Earlier in the season, they compiled a 17-match winning streak â€“ the longest on Tour since March 2007 – which garnered three consecutive Premier-level titles at the Sony Ericsson Open (Miami), the Internazionali BNL dâ€™Italia (Rome) and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart).Â The duo won three more titles later in the year – the Rogers Cup (Montreal), the Collector Swedish Open (Bastad) and the Kremlin Cup (Moscow) – and recorded strong Grand Slam results.
Czech Republicâ€™s Petra Kvitova won the Newcomer of the Year award after a breakthrough season that culminated with a semifinals birth at Wimbledon, having previously never won a match on grass.Â After her success at Wimbledon, Kvitova broke into the Top 30.
Comeback Player of the Year honors went to Belgiumâ€™s Justine Henin who made a successful return to the WTA in January after a break that lasted nearly two years. At the Brisbane International â€“ her first tournament back â€“ Henin reached the final, falling to Clijsters in the third set tiebreak after holding match points.Â She also reached the final of the Australian Open, her first major since 2008.Â Heninâ€™s fourth round loss at Roland Garros (Stosur) ended a 24-match winning streak in Paris.
Elena Dementieva, who announced her retirement from the sport at the WTA Championships earlier this month, was honored with the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award for the second time in her career, which acknowledges a playerâ€™s conduct, attitude and sense of fair play.
The Humanitarian of the Year award went to Maria Sharapova for her role as a United Nationsâ€™ Goodwill Ambassador.Â In 2010, Maria visited the Chernobyl region and spent time with children affected by the disaster while pledging $250,000 to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Â Additionally, Sharapova won several fan awards including Favorite Singles Player of the Year and the Most Fashionable Player.
WTA players voted on their favorite tournaments and chose the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart) as their favorite Premier event and the PTT Pattaya Open as their favorite International event.
The winners of the annual player awards for Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year are determined by the global tennis media, with WTA players themselves selecting Tournaments of the Year, Sportsmanship and Player Service award.
For a complete listing of the 2010 WTA Player Awards, please visit www.wtatour.com.
Player of the year- Serena Wiliams
Doubles team of the year and fan favorite doubles team of the year-Venus and Serena Williams
Comeback player of the year and Sportsmanship awards-Kim Clijsters
Most Improved player Yanina Wickmayer
Player Service Award-Liezel Huber
Newcomer of the year – Melanie Oudin
Fan Favorite Singles player- Elena Dementieva
Group photo with all the award winners