|Posted on March 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM|
Coming up on Monday, Berdych will join Lleyton Hewitt, Li Na, and Samantha Stosur at the BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong. The Czech will face off with the Australian veteran in the Hong Kong Velodrome as part of World Tennis Day on March 3. Firstly, a cocktail party on Sunday...
Samantha Stosur of Australia, Li Na of China, Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and Tomas Berdych pose during a Cocktail Reception ahead of the BNP Paribas Tennis Showdown at the Hong Kong Velodrome at a hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hong Kong.
Tomas Berdych signs autograph for a guest during a Cocktail Reception at a hotel ahead of the BNP Paribas Tennis Showdown with Lleyton Hewitt of Australia at the Hong Kong Velodrome on March 2, 2014 in Hong Kong.
Tomas Berdych speaks to guests during a Cocktail Reception ahead of the BNP Paribas Tennis Showdown against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia at the Hong Kong Velodrome at a hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hong Kong.
Lleyton Hewitt and Tomas Berdych pose with a guest during a Cocktail Reception ahead of the BNP Paribas Tennis Showdown at the Hong Kong Velodrome at a hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hong Kong.
A general view of the Cocktail Reception to welcome Li Na of China, Tomas Berdych, Samantha Stosur and Leyton Hewitt of Australia at a hotel ahead of the BNP Paribas Tennis Showdown at the Hong Kong Velodrome on March 2, 2014 in Hong Kong.
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Asia’s first-ever Grand Slam champion, Li is the No. 3 ranked player on the WTA Tour. The 31-year-old from China owns nine career titles, highlighted by her historic victory at the 2011 French Open, the first at a Grand Slam by an Asian player. In 2013, she reached the Australian Open final for the second time in her career and closed the season by finishing as runner-up at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul. Li has appeared in a total of 19 finals at WTA events. She started 2014 at a career high ranking of No. 3 and won the title at the opening week WTA event in Shenzhen before claiming her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Off the court, she is one of only three women named to Forbes’ Top 100 Earning Athletes list in 2013.
The Australian won the 2011 US Open, beating Serena Williams in the final. She owns five career singles titles, including two that she claimed in 2013. In addition, she has reached 14 finals, including at the French Open in 2010. In singles, Stosur has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, and she spent 61 weeks ranked No. 1 in doubles. Stosur owns a total of 24 career doubles titles, including two at Grand Slam tournaments. She also has won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.
This native of the Czech Republic is the No. 7 ranked player on the ATP World Tour, and 2013 marked his fourth straight Top 10 season after he reached the quarterfinals in 15 of 23 tournaments. He has won eight career titles and reached the finals 11 other times, including at Wimbledon in 2010 and at three events during the 2013 season. Last summer, Berdych reached his career high ATP ranking of No. 5. He has helped the Czech Republic to win back-to-back Davis Cup titles. To open the 2014 season, he partnered with countryman Jan Hajek to win the doubles title at the ATP event in Doha.
The Australian spent 80 weeks ranked No. 1 on the ATP World Tour after becoming the youngest to reach the top spot as a 20-year-old in 2001. He has won 29 career titles, including one in Brisbane to open the 2014 season where he defeated Roger Federer in the final. He has won two Grand Slam titles - 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon. Hewitt has been runner-up 16 times in his career, including twice at Grand Slam tournaments. He also owns a Grand Slam doubles title, winning the 2000 US Open. He has twice been a member of a winning Australian Davis Cup team. Hewitt, who will turn 33-years-old one week before World Tennis Day, will start the Australian Open just four wins shy of becoming the third active player with 600 career match wins, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.