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Big names in line for Hong Kong event

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:10

The annual exhibition tournament will see a team concept adopted for the first time with teams from Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asia Pacific competing at Victoria Park from January 7-10.

Serbia’s Jankovic leads Europe’s team alongside Hungary’s Agnes Szavay and Portuguese teenager Michelle Larcher De Brito, while world number nine Sharapova will line up with world number seven Vera Zvonareva and 19-year-old Alexandra Panova for Russia.

Williams joins Argentina’s Gisela Dulko and compatriot Coco Vandeweghe, the 2008 US Open junior champion, in the Americas team.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Zheng, Indian number one Sania Mirza and Hong Kong’s Zhang Ling make up the Asia Pacific team.

Team Russia will face team Asia Pacific and team Americas will take on team Europe in the semi-finals, which will contain two singles and one doubles match, with the winners meeting in the final in four singles and one doubles match.

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