Nov 4, 2008

Ana Ivanovic and Elena Dementieva stranded in a desert island in Doha bay

What do two lovely women do when they found themselves stranded in a desert island?

If they are Ana Ivanovic and Elena Dementieva, of course they'll play tennis!

And they are not going to be alone as thousands of fans are already flocking in Doha in Qatar to watch the prestigious Sony Ericsson Championships that will begin tomorrow.

In conjunction with the tournament, Sony Ericsson staged a unique tennis match in a place that has never been played in before - a desert island.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Doha skyline, Ana Ivanovic and Elena Dementieva rallied on a replica tennis court, specially built for the occasion, on Palm Island in the middle of Doha Bay in the Arabian Gulf.
According to Ana Ivanovic, "It was such a fun way to start the Sony Ericsson Championships; it was amazing and so unusual to be playing tennis on a deserted island with no one there but Elena, myself and the ballboys. I'm really looking forward to the tournament here in Doha and a great finish to the 2008 season."

Then Elena Dementieva commented, "It was such a special experience to play a game of tennis in the middle of the sea looking back at the Doha skyline - what a great memory to have of Doha. I'm really excited for the Sony Ericsson Championships to begin and showcase my best tennis to end the season."
The Sony Ericsson Championships is the prestigious end of season finale to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour year; and sees the world's top 8 women singles and top 4 women's doubles teams compete for the titles and a share of a record prize money of $4.45 million.

(Via, Images via Women's Tennis Blog,

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