The 23rd annual Pam Shriver Charity Tennis Classic was held at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena on Friday, November 21, 2008 for the benefit of the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF). Net proceeds from the Tennis Classic are distributed to children’s charities under the guidance of the BCF.
Early in the the first set of the 23rd PNC Tennis Classic last night, the sport's megastar, Serena Williams, had a ball bounce off her head from a ricochet off the baseline wall. The world's No.2 player flashed a smile after briefly feigning dizziness, and the fans laughed with her.It was that kind of night at 1st Mariner Arena, with Williams and her opponent, Elena Dementieva, putting on a polite exhibition for an adoring crowd that welcomed the opportunity to be in the presence of a superstar while at the same time contributing to a worthy cause.
"We're here to have fun," Williams said before the match. "We're not going to take it Grand Slam final serious, but at the same time, we want to give the people a great show." Judging by the loud response from the crowd throughout the evening, Williams gave the people exactly that, despite losing the match, 6-4, 6-4. Of course, Williams transcends tennis - and sports, for that matter - and she was clearly the main attraction for the announced crowd of 7,231.