“ Everyone, I mean, just walking out to the court to warm up and hear the crowd was spectacular and unexpected,” remarked Serena Williams. “It’s really an honor to feel that. The reception has been amazing. was so nice.”
“I’ve never played and never been here. So it feels good to come to countries like this because you realize that we have fans everywhere so it’s really a good time and great opportunity to play here,” Williams said.
When the tennis women’s World#1 stepped on the court in Manila to warm up, the crowd went absolutely crazy!
Watch Serena as she warms up side-by-side with Andy Murray; courtesy of fan xarlotie–Marie Charlotte Ayao.
Even Serena’s remarks reflect that she was caught by surprise at the outpouring of love she received halfway across the world. Today’s action is her only appearance in the Manila leg of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) tour.
RESULTS OF SERENA’S PLAY IN MANILA
Serena’s first appearance on court for her team, Singapore Slammers, involved mixed doubles play. She partnered with Lleyton Hewitt in competition against the duo of Manila Mavericks’ Andy Murray and Kirsten Flipkens.
Action resulted in a loss for Serena/Hewitt as Murray and Flipkens combined better to get a 6-1 win. Though playing against the home team, Serena was cheered on by the Filipino fans.
Keeping mindful that she had “Work To Do” for her Singapore Slammers team, inspite of the mixed double pounding 1-6 loss: the player IPTL is promoting as
“Hitting Like a Warrior”…
Serena proceeded to defeat Kirsten Flipkens 6-3in singles play. Next stop for the tour is Singapore and here’s hoping that Serena’s victory proves to be just what the doctor ordered for the still win-less Singapore Slammers in team based play.
After a year of ups and downs culminating with her joining tennis legends
Blog Post written by guest blogger BlackPearlMoi