November 3, 2008

Championships on TENNIS Channel and ESPN2

Tennis Channel and ESPN2 will cover the 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships – the prestigious season-ending competition in women's professional tennis, featuring the world's top eight singles players and top four doubles teams – in their entirety Tuesday-Sunday, November 4-9. More than 30 live hours are planned from the event's inaugural run in Doha, Qatar, almost all of which will be telecast in high definition.

Combined, including replays, the networks will offer close to 70 hours of HD match coverage during the six-day Sony Ericsson Championships. Tennis Channel will carry 32½ hours of live competition, spread across each day of the event. The network's coverage includes all round-robin matches, singles semifinals and doubles play. ESPN2 will carry the singles final on Sunday, November 9, at 12 pm ET. Tennis Channel will follow its network's live coverage with daily encores of each match of the competition, in addition to a same-day replay of the singles final.

"The Sony Ericsson Championships conclude the annual women's professional tennis season. Singles competition initially takes place within two groups of four players each. Every player has one match against each of the other three women in her group, with the top two players in each group advancing to the single-elimination semifinals and subsequent championship. Thus tennis fans are assured of seeing each of these eight stars play at least three matches during the week.

When not watching the Sony Ericsson Championships on Tennis Channel and ESPN2, viewers can keep up with the season-ending competition online at, which offers 24 hours of live, round-robin coverage November 4-7, and, which will feature tournament draws, scores and news, as well as a veteran reporter's previews in Steve Flink on Tennis and updates at popular fan blog LaRosa's Sweet Spot.

Tennis Channel's and ESPN2's 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships Schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 4th / 9am - 3pm EST: Round-Robin Action (TC)
Wednesday, Nov. 5th / 9am - 3pm EST: Round-Robin Action (TC)
Thursday, Nov. 6th / 9am - 3pm EST: Round-Robin Action (TC)
Friday, Nov. 7th / 9am - 3pm EST: Round-Robin Action (TC)
Saturday, Nov. 8th / 5am - 8am EST: Doubles Semifinals (TC)
Saturday, Nov. 8th / 9:30am - 1:30pm EST: Singles Semifinals (TC)
Sunday, Nov. 9th /7am - 8:30am EST: Doubles Final (TC)
Sunday, Nov. 9th / 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST: Singles Final (ESPN2)

Tennis Channel (TC) will also offer same-day replays of the singles and doubles finals on Sunday, Nov.9: Doubles Final (3pm - 4:30pm EST); Singles Final (7pm - 9pm EST).

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