First Bali WC Goes To Defending Champion
Published October 06, 2011 12:00
BALI, Indonesia - Ana Ivanovic will return to Bali in November to defend her Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions title, after receiving the first wildcard pick for the year-ending event. Last year Ivanovic emerged victorious in the eight-player field, which brings together the best performers of the season from the International series of WTA tournaments.
"It almost goes without saying Bali is one of the most beautiful places on the tennis circuit - probably the best, in fact," Ivanovic said. "I had a wonderful time there last year. Off the court I was able to relax on the beach, but on the court I played some of my best tennis and was so happy to win the title.
"It's a great thrill for me to come back and try and win the tournament again," the 24-year-old Serb continued. "I remember last year we had an exciting atmosphere at each match and I'm sure it's going to be another great event."
Ivanovic is currently still playing another prestigious event, the China Open in Beijing. She is in the quarterfinals and will take the court again on Friday.
"It's great to hear Ana is returning to defend her title at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali," said Tony Costa, President Director of Commonwealth Bank Indonesia. "We are proud to welcome back such great player with very pleasant personality as this will bring a tremendous value to the tennis fans and our customers coming to the tournament this year."
"The organizers are very pleased the reigning champion will return to Bali to defend her title this November," said Tournament Director Kevin Livesey. "Ana is very popular in Bali and when she requested a wildcard we were very happy to agree. We have a very interesting line-up of champions: Strong, Beautiful and Winner. Tickets are already more than 50% sold. Last year tickets were sold out two weeks before the tournament. We anticipate the same this year."
The third annual Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions is scheduled for November 3 to 6 at the Bali International Convention Centre. Featuring top WTA players and next generation champions competing in an eight woman, single elimination singles format (with the singles final and third/fourth-place play-off on finals day), it offers $600,000 prize money.