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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

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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.

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Recently retired Chinese player Li Na, wearing a long black dress and high heels, hit the ceremonial first serve.

Singapore

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

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