Chinese Watch: All The Best From China
Published April 16, 2013 12:00
BEIJING, China - Every month there's a lot happening with the WTA in China - off the court, on the social media pages of Chinese players, hot topics - catch up on the best from March right here...
Turn On The Lights
In early March, the WTA announced a multi-year deal with Megton Electronic Lightening Co. Ltd., a China-based LED tennis court and general sports facility lighting company. With their best-in-class and environmentally-friendly lighting products, Megton will become the official lighting system partner for the WTA in the Asia-Pacific region. It's the fourth agreement signed by the WTA in the past two years, following brand new partnerships with the likes of Jetstar, Peak and California Products.
Li Returns To Action
After 53 days' absence, China's biggest star, Li Na, was back on the courts at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami. The World No.5 scored victories over Kiki Bertens, Varvara Lepchenko and Garbiñe Muguruza before falling in a very tight two-setter to World No.1 and eventual champion Serena Williams. Li is now 17-3 on the year so far, compared to her 13-5 record at this point last year. Next stop, Stuttgart!
Weibo Of The Month
Two of the biggest tournaments of the year took place in March - Indian Wells and Miami - and China's WTA stars were taking to Weibo to talk about everything from earthquakes to friend shout-outs.
What's Hot: Old & New, Did You Know?
Some of the most attention-grabbing content on Chinese social media pages are combo photos of the WTA stars comparing old and new photos of them - along with sentimental catchphrases. For example, the picture of Maria Sharapova below, with "It was a time filled with wonder that I'll always remember."
And also, quick facts about the tour are popular - such as another photo with, "Martina Hingis will be elected into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame this year! But do you know what her final WTA appearance was? Yes, it was the China Open - and her last opponent? The talented Peng Shuai!"