Four of the world's top women tennis players, including 2008 Grand Slam Champions Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic, along with World #1 Jelena Jankovic will face off in a one-night only single elimination event which will also honor Billie Jean King. The “BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup” is scheduled for Monday, March 2 at Madison Square Garden and will be telecast live on HBO beginning at 7:30 p.m. E.T.
Women's tennis, on the heels of last spring's sold out Pete Sampras v Roger Federer spectacle, returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since 2000 when Martina Hingis defeated Monica Seles in the Chase Championships. The Garden hosted the WTA season-ending tournament every year but one between 1977 and 2000.
"BNP Paribas is excited to be the title sponsor of the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup,” said Everett Schenk, CEO of BNP Paribas North America. “As supporters of tennis at every level, worldwide, we're pleased to be associated with such an exciting and unparalleled event matching up the world's top women's players. We're also thrilled that it's taking place in New York, BNP Paribas' North American headquarters."
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