Since the official start of the PTT Pattaya Open 2010 at Dusit Thani Pattaya on 7 February, the five-star resort had seen daily excitement leading up to the finals on Sunday, the 14th. Dubbed as “The Return of the Champions”, the women’s professional tennis tournament recently upgraded to international series status, and drew thousands of tennis fans to the resort’s courts, which has been the event venue for the last 19 years.
In Sunday’s finals, world-ranked no. 9 Ms. Vera Zvonareva lived up to her tournament title as she repeated her victory defeating Thailand’s tennis pride, Ms. Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-4.The Russian tennis star headed for her next event taking her winnings of US$37,000 (THB 1,258,000) while the runner-up Ms. Tanasugarn brought home US$19,000 (THB 646,000). She later made up for her loss by emerging victorious in the doubles with Ms. Marina Erakovic of New Zealand by beating Ms. Anna Chakvetadze and Ms. Ksenia Pervak of Russia, 7-5, 6-1.
Both Ms. Tanasugarn and Ms. Zvonareva complimented each other’s performance which evoked roars of chants and cheers from everyone, especially from both Thai and Russian fans who packed the courts of Dusit Thani Pattaya overlooking the Gulf of Siam.
The US$220,000 PTT Pattaya Open 2010 was part of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour that brought many tennis stars around the world to Thailand such as Sabine Lisicki of Germany, Ayumi Morita and Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan, Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, Jelena Dokic of Australia and Maria Kirilenko of Russia. The players engaged in other activities such as coral planting, a trip to a children’s home and a boating venture to Pattaya’s nearby Koh Larn, also known as Coral Island. The tournament had the support of PTT Public Company Limited, Pattaya City, Sports Authority of Thailand, Chonburi Provincial Administration Organisation, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sony Ericsson, Philips, Wilson, Tez Tour, Yonex, TOT Public Company Limited, CS Loxinfo, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and Dusit Thani Pattaya—as the host hotel for the 19th women’s tennis tour.
VIPs and sponsors led by Mr. Chatchawal Supachayanont (right), General Manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya, Ms. Vera Zvonareva (6th right), Champion of PTT Pattaya Open 2010and Ms. Tamarine Tanasugarn, the runner up in the PTT Pattaya Open 2010 held at the beachside tennis court of the five-star resort.
Ms. Tamarine Tanasugarn (left), and Ms. Vera Zvonareva (right) proudly display their trophies after the conclusion of the final singles match
The beachside venue of the PTT Pattaya Open 2010 has been a favourite attraction among participants in the tennis event.
Tennis stars from countries across the world join VIP guests and sponsors of the tournament on stage for a group photo during the welcome cocktails held at the hotel’s extended terrace, The Point overlooking Pattaya Bay.
While others went all the way to the top of this elephant, Ms. Vera Zvonareva enjoyed a swing on the pachyderm’s trunk. The presence of the elephant was one of the main attractions of the cocktail reception.
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