It has been a treat past couple years for tennis lovers in Singapore. Singapore secured the rights to host the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) finals for 5 years starting 2014. I love the sport, play it regularly and follow it quite keenly too. My mouth salivates at the thought of watching top tennis players compete for top honours (some day I will watch a Grand Slam).
And here we (my wife and I) were, at the Singapore Indoor stadium for the second day of the WTA finals. The draw is not decided until the first day of the championship and hence we had no clue on what matches we were going to watch on the day. The first 5 days of the championships are the Round Robin clashes followed by the the knock-out stages.
So here we were ready to watch the action and shoot some but the organisers had different plans. They were not letting DSLRs inside, they had changed the rules overnight. But a lot of us had gathered and it took a lot of persuasion for them to allow us in with the cameras. They gave in and we were inside as the first match of the evening (Chan sisters (Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan) Vs Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik) was getting over. The 3rd seed Chan sisters beat their opponents in a close second set.
Next up was the first singles match of the day – 2nd seed Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza was taking on 8th seed Czech Lucie Šafářová. Muguruza took the first set easily, she was clearly looking like the better of the two players on the day. She was quick on her feet and her shots had power! Safarova gave some fight int he second set but was too little and lost the match in straight sets.
A few shots from the match below.
Next up was 4th seed Czech Petra Kvitová Vs 6th seed German Angelique Kerber. Kerber was too strong for Kvitova in the first set and took the set 6-2. Second set was more close and the crowd was behind Kvitova. Kvitova did put up some resistance but ultimately lost to Kerber in a tie breaker in the 2nd set. A few shots from the match below.
The final match for the day was World number 1 pair of Indian Sania Mirza and Swiss Martina Hingis taking on 6th seed pair of US nationals Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears. Since there were enough seats available in the front rows the organisers took the effort of offering free upgrades to the audience seated behind. So by the time this match was starting we were seated right at the front! Great place to watch a fellow national (and current world number 1 doubles player) play!
The match, for the most parts, was a one sided affair. The Indian-Swiss duo beat the US duo comfortably in straight sets. But the Indian-Swiss pair didn’t look at their best making a lot of mistakes.
It was an evening well spent. Watching the top female tennis players up close with Sania’s match as cherry on the cake. And being a player myself I could appreciate the game much more. Praise the tough stroke, realise the mistakes and just the joy of being there and playing the game!
Few shots from Sania-Hingis vs Jones-Spears below.