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Briefs: Tennis on TV; Mirza Marriage; St. Augustine Haiti Fundraiser

April 6, 2010 07:00 PM


USTA Florida Past President Celia Rehm (left) helps WTA Tour
player Patty Schnyder of Switzerland (right) by choosing a
player draw chip during The MPS Group Championships draw
party at the Sawgrass Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
(photo by Melinda)

By Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com

Tennis on TV – ATP Houston, WTA Ponte Vedra Beach

The Tennis Channel will air coverage of the ATP Houston and WTA Ponte Vedra Beach events beginning at noon on Saturday, April 10. The first semifinal in Ponte Vedra Beach will air live at noon, followed by the second semifinal aired live. Top-seeded defending champion and world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and Melanie Oudin are among the competitors at the Sawgrass Country Club.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday the second Houston semifinal will air live, with the first semifinal shown tape delayed at 9 p.m. The doubles final, potentially featuring the Bryan brothers who are competing in Houston, will be shown live at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, April 11, the Ponte Vedra Beach final will air live at 2 p.m., followed by the tape-delayed final from Houston at 4 p.m.

Mirza Misses WTA Ponte Vedra Tournament Over Marriage Row

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is not defending her 2009 doubles title this week at The MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., as she is engaged in one of the stranger marriage issues seen in professional tennis.

Mirza was engaged to be married last year to family friend Sohrab Mirza, but the engagement was called off this past January when it was announced they had found themselves “incompatible.” Two months later in March, Mirza announced she was engaged to Pakistani cricket star Shoaib Malik.

Now that engagement is up in the air as another woman has emerged, claiming she is already married to Malik. According to reports, Malik married the woman, Ayesha Siddiqui, over the telephone eight years ago. Malik admits proposing to the woman over the phone, but says he was deceived and the marriage is not valid.

"In Muslim law, this arrangement doesn't work no matter what paper may or may not be there simply because, when the proposal was made, the image in my head was the girl in the photographs, but the girl, who was accepting the proposal was someone else. That's cheating," Malik told the Times of India. "My mistake was my innocence."

Mirza and Malik were planning to marry in April, but the wedding may now be postponed.

Last year in Ponte Vedra Beach, Mirza and partner Chia-Jung Chuang were unseeded, in the final defeating top-seeded American Lisa Raymond and Kveta Peschke in three sets for the title.

Haiti Relief Tennis Tournament in St. Augustine

Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., will host the Red Cross Rally for Haiti Tennis Tournament on Sunday, April 11, 2010, with play beginning at 10 a.m. at the Flagler College Tennis Center.

Entries are $20 per team, age 18 and over, for men’s, women’s, and mixed divisions. Raffles and prizes will also be offered, with check-in and warm-up beginning at 9 a.m.

All proceeds will be donated to Haiti relief efforts. For registration please contact redcrossrally@gmail.com or (321) 298-3011.






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