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Glitzy ceremony, with Serena in triumphant victory

Crowds cheered every point with cries of 'Go Ana' and placards supporting Queen Serena

Serena Williams (above) entering the Singapore Indoor Stadium to start the first match against Ana Ivanovich, after a glittering opening ceremony that dazzled with laser lights, pyrotechnics and live performances that all contributed to a rock concert-like atmosphere.
Recently retired Chinese player Li Na, wearing a long black dress and high heels, hit the ceremonial first serve.


SINGAPORE has never seen tennis like this. Not at such a high level and with such intensity, certainly.

On one end of centre court, there was Serena Williams, the reigning world number one who boasted a remarkable 15-match winning streak coming into the BNP Paribas WTA