There was a big women’s tennis exhibition event in Singapore during the weekend, and elsewhere in Asia there was more relaxed tennis going on – the reigning Roland Garros champion Li Na welcomed fellow WTA star Sabine Lisicki and men’s tennis greats Pete Sampras and Carlos Moya in her hometown of Wuhan, China, for an exhibition tournament.
On Saturday, Li avenged her Wimbledon loss to Lisicki, by defeating the German 6-3 7-6(3) at Wuhan Sports Center. The 1998 Roland Garros winner Moya and 14-times Grand Slam champion Sampras played a men’s singles match on Sunday and the fantastic foursome also paired for some doubles entertainment.
Additional info: Talking about exhibitions, have you heard that players will be fined for playing the Hopman Cup in January? It is believed that the ITF will cover the fines, amounting to $375,000. The reason for the fines is that big WTA Tour events should of course be of primary importance for the players, and not exhibition events, and in 2012 the mixed doubles exhibition Hopman Cup will clash with the upgraded Brisbane International. Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Li Na, Marion Bartoli, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Jarmila Gajdosova, Tsvetana Pironkova and Bethanie Mattek Sands will play the December 31-January 7 Hopman Cup, i.e. four Top 10 WTA players. (source: WTA Tour)