How do the best women’s tennis players in the world get warmed up for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in Cincinnati? Visit Kings Island Saturday, August 8 and watch as former world No. 1 ranked Kim Clijsters – who is making her return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour – takes on current No. 4 ranked Elena Dementieva inside the Royal Fountains on International Street at 4:00pm.
Clijsters retired in 2007 after winning the 2005 US Open title and reaching four Grand Slam singles finals – two French Opens (’01 & ’03), the US Open (’03) and the Australian Open (’04). She also won 34 singles titles (including five Tier I events, now known as the Premier level) and 11 doubles titles on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Clijsters spent 19 weeks at No. 1 and won more than $14 million in prize money. She was the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s Newcomer of the Year in 1999, and Player of the Year in 2005.
Dementieva has won two Olympic Gold medals in singles, including the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She has reached the finals of two Grand Slam events and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world as recently as April, 2009.
The “match” inside the fountains between Clijsters and Dementieva is included free with park admission and season pass.
DETAILS ON "THE MATCH" AT KINGS ISLAND:
Both players will be on a specially-made court inside the Royal Fountains
Best view is probably from the top of International Street near the main gate
Show starts at 4:00pm and will last approximately 20 minutes
Guests will have the opportunity to win tickets to the WTA Tour following the match