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Three-Time Grand Slam Champion Lindsay Davenport Enters Pacific Life Open

Three-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport has entered the Pacific Life Open, to be held March 10-23, 2008 at the Tennis Garden, it was announced today by tournament director Steve Simon.

Davenport, who took a break from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour for less than a year to give birth to her first child, Jagger Jonathan, picked up where she left off by winning three of the first four tournaments she entered since the fall of 2007.Her first win was at Quebec City, then Bali, where she defeated defending Pacific Life Open champion Daniela Hantuchova in three sets, and finally the first tournament of 2008 this past weekend at Auckland.

"I'm very excited to come back to the Pacific Life Open,” said Davenport. "It is one of my favorite tournaments on tour, and I always love playing in the desert. The stadium and grounds are beautiful and the fans are fantastic. It feels like my hometown event."

"Lindsay's performance since her return to the tour has been outstanding, and we are thrilled to have her coming back to the Pacific Life Open," said Simon. "As a former champion of the tournament and a southern California resident, I know our fans will enjoy watching the competition and the level of play she is bringing back to the game."

The Southern California resident, who is a 54-time singles and 36-time doubles champion on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, has had incredible success at the Pacific Life Open since first competing in 1993.She won singles titles in 1997 and 2000 and doubles titles in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003. She is also the active leader in wins at the tournament with 45.For information about the tournament or tickets, visit www.PacificLifeOpen.com, call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden at 800-999-1585, or visit the box office, 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, CA 92210.

About the Pacific Life Open

The first major tennis event of the season on soil, the Pacific Life Open features more than 250 of the world’s best men and women tennis players. Last year, more than 300,000 people attended the event, which is held at the second largest tennis stadium in the world and located just outside of Palm Springs.

About Pacific Life

Founded in 1868, Pacific Life provides life insurance products, individual annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 50 largest U.S.companies as clients and is a member of Insurance Marketplace Standards Association (IMSA), whose membership promotes high ethical standards for the sale of individual life insurance and annuities.  For additional information about Pacific Life, including its current financial strength ratings from A.M. Best, Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor's, and Moody’s, visit the company Web site at www.PacificLife.com. Data compiled by Pacific Life using the FORTUNE 500 list as of April 2007.

 

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