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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Ask tennis legend Monica Seles

September 8th, 2009
08:24 PM ET

When it comes to the great sporting comebacks of 2009 it would be hard to ignore that of female tennis player Kim Clijsters, who this week reached the semis of the U.S. Open - despite spending two years out of the game to start a family.

Send us your questions for women’s tennis legend Monica Seles.

Send us your questions for women’s tennis legend Monica Seles.

Some may say that her victory indicates a lack of depth in the women's game; others that it just shows how easy it is to regain form and that a break from the circuit can often be good for sportsmen and women.

There are few better qualified people to answer such questions than a fellow pro – and Connect The World will be privileged to feature Monica Seles, one of women's tennis greatest stars on Wednesday.

During her career Seles won nine Grand Slam titles and was the youngest ever champion at the French Open in 1990 at the age of 16, the first of three triumphs at that tournament. She also took the Australian Open four times and the U.S Open twice.

Only Wimbledon, where she lost in the final in 1992 to Steffi Graf, eluded her. But at the height of her career in 1993 Seles was stabbed in the back by a fan of Graf's and temporarily forced out of the game. While she enjoyed some success on her return, she never quite recovered the form which so dominated major tennis tournaments during the early 1990s.

What does the return of Clijsters means for women's tennis? How does the women's game compare to that of the men's circuit when it comes to the major tournaments? What's it like to do battle at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadow, Roland Garros and Melbourne Park?

Send your questions to Monica Seles below and we will feature as many as possible on Wednesday's show.

Six Degrees: Kim Clijsters to Saif Gadhafi

September 8th, 2009
03:33 PM ET

It’s that time of the week again!

Get your thinking caps on, we’re handing down our Six Degrees challenge.

All you need to do is connect two newsmakers who have hit the headlines in six moves.

This week we want you to link Kim Clijsters, the female tennis player who made an incredible comeback at this week’s U.S. Open to Saif Gadhafi, who has been involved in recent talks between the UK and Libya over freed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show.

Need some inspiration? Check this out…

Last week's winner was Catherine Kobayashi from Tokyo, who says that she watches the program every day and finds it informative and full of energy. Thanks for the kind words Catherine, appreciated.

Catherine managed to connect incoming Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama to Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings films and producer of new alien box-office hit "District 9," all on her first attempt at the quiz. Well done!

Here's how she did it.

Yukio Hatoyama was reported on by…

…CNN reporter Kyung Lah, who is a colleague of…

Becky Anderson, who interviewed…

David Beckham, who is reportedly friends with…

Tom Cruise, who has worked with…

Steven Spielberg, who is producing the movie "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn" with…

Peter Jackson.

Reckon you can do better? Then try your hand at connecting Kim Clijsters and Saif Gadhafi.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the "share post" button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

Why do rock dinosaurs still walk the earth?

September 8th, 2009
11:13 AM ET

It's like they’ve never been away. The Beatles, the most popular band the world has seen, are enjoying blanket media coverage ahead of the release of their remastered back catalogue and the video game "The Beatles: Rock Band," in which fans can pretend to be Paul, John, Ringo or George.

The new Beatles videogame allows fans to strum along with their musical heroes.

The new Beatles videogame allows fans to strum along with their musical heroes.

There’s also intense speculation that the Wednesday release will coincide with tracks by the Fab Four finally being made available on iTunes.

They're not the only rock giants of the lost four decades to have parlayed their back catalogue and reputation into profits.

Abba songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson turned their hits from the 1970s and 1980s into the musical Mamma Mia!, which was then adapted for the big screen and took more than $600 million worldwide.

U2, who first found fame in the early 1980s, are now well into their mammoth 360 Tour, while smaller bands such as New Romantic outfit Spandau Ballet have announced reunion plans.

Are the Beatles the best band of all time?
Even punk act Public Image Ltd. (PiL), fronted by punk godfather John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) this week said that they are about to return.

But why are such blasts from the past able to enjoy successful revivals? Is it because today’s musical acts can't compare to such past masters?

Or are gullible fans of rock dinosaurs simply being fooled into paying for the same music time and again? Should acts from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s simply bow out gracefully and make way for new talent?

Send your comments and we will use some of them in tonight’s show.


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