Pune Gallery: Players Celebrate Diwali
The WTA stars celebrated Diwali, or the festival of lights, at the inaugural Royal Indian Open.
Published November 09, 2012 12:00
Zhou Yi-Miao and Xu Yi-Fan were at Diwali, which was celebrated Wednesday night at the Royal Indian Open.
Stephanie Bengson at the eats. Diwali is a five day festival popularly known as the festival of lights.
Donna Vekic and Andrea Petkovic. The players of the Royal Indian Open dressed in sarees for the festival.
For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the whole year, and it is a national holiday.
Diwali involves lighting small clay lamps filled with oil, to signify the triumph of good over evil.
Diwali commemorates the return of the Lord Rama from 14-year exile and vanquishing the demon king Ravana.
Andrea Petkovic, former Top 10 player and blogging star, was among the many players who attended the event.
Ukrainians Elina Svitolina and Olga Savchuk in their traditional sarees, enjoying the Diwali festivities.
Sofia Shapatava at Diwali. Shapatava pushed Andrea Petkovic in the first round before falling, 76(4) 75.
The people celebrated Lord Rama's return by bursting firecrackers - that tradition lived on in Pune.
Stephanie Bengson and Andrea Petkovic were among those speaking with local reporters at the celebration.
The stars of the WTA danced into the night at a very meaningful festival at one of the WTA's newest stops.