The Singapore Women’s Tennis Exhibition semi finals were played today – Saturday 17 December at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The first semi final was between Peng Shuai and World No.8 Agnieszka Radwanska. The second semi final was between Flavia Pennetta and 2011 US Open singles champion Samantha Stosur.
OnCourt Advantage is officially accredited media for this SWTE in the most recent Media Release a number of photos of the players in action today were made available to use. In this post OnCourt Advantage will supply a pictorial guide of both semi final matches using 6 exclusive photos from today’s action. But before that don’t forget to show your support for tennis by buying your tennis tickets to tomorrow’s final at the SISTIC booth at the Stadium or through this link to the SISTIC ticketing site.
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Pictured above are Agnieszka Radwanska on the left and Peng Shuai today prior to their 1pm semi final. The 25-year-old Peng Shuai defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2 6-3 in the quarter finals on Friday to set up a 5th meeting against the 22-year-old Radwanska. The 1.72m Radwanska from Poland went into the match with 3-1 Advantage in their previous matches, including the most recent match in the round of 16 at the 2011 Australian Open.
The 1.73m Peng from China took Radwanska to 7-5 in the 3rd and final set in that Australian Open match. Radwanska first achieved her career-high ranking of No.8 to date on 22 February 2010. The right-hander won two major tournaments in Asia in the latter part of the year – the Pan Pacific Open in Japan and the China Open in Beijing.
Radwanska is one of a handful of players who seemed poised to win their first Grand Slam singles title in 2012 and wrestle the World No.1 ranking from Caroline Wozniacki. Radwanska is pictured above just as she begins moving out to her left to get into position to play her double-handed backhand. Peng is pictured below JUST before making contact with the ball using an open stance for this double-handed backhand. Peng is ranked higher now than Francesca Schiavone was when she won the Roland Garros singles title last year and will be fired up to emulate the achievements of country woman Li Na who won Roland Garros this year.
Pictured below are Flavia Pennetta and Samantha Stosur shaking hands at the end of their 3-set match today. The 29-year-old Pennetta defeated Daniela Hantuchova 7-6, 1-v, 6-1 in the quarter finals on Friday to set up a 5th meeting against the 27-year-old Stosur. The 1.72m Pennetta right-hander went into the match with a prefect 4-0 Advantage in their previous matches, including the most recent match in the 2011 Fed Cup tie between Australia and Italy.
The current World No.20 has made the quarter finals at the US Open in three of the past 4 years. Pennetta is pictured below in the early stages of preparation for this forehand ground stroke. Pennetta was also the first Italian woman to become the World No.1 in doubles. Pennetta defeated Stosur in 2 hours and 19 minutes 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 to earn her spot in t(e Women’s Singles Final at 3pm tomorrow.
The 1.72m Stosur will play Peng Shuai at 1pm in the play-off for the No.3 position in Singapore in great preparation for the 2012 Australian Open. The reigning US Open singles champion achieved her career-high ranking to date of No.4 on 21 February 2011. The right-hander is the current No.6 and was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2010 and is amongst a small group of players who could step up another level in 2012 and become the World No.1 for the first time. Stosur is pictured below focused on the ball and in great position to strike the ball with her forehand ground stroke.
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