Rio Gallery: A Fantastic First Year
From Francesca Schiavone's visit to Christ The Redeemer to the buzz around Brazilian No.1 Teliana Pereira and a fast-rising star's first WTA title, it was an amazing first year for the Rio Open.
Published February 23, 2014 12:10
The Rio Open buzz began before the tournament even started with a visit to Christ The Redeemer.
Francesca Schiavone climbed the Corcovado mountain to see the revered statue and overlook the city.
The draw ceremony took place at Shopping Leblon, the most exclusive mall in Rio de Janeiro.
Teliana Pereira was at the draw ceremony and the media attention for the Brazilian didn't stop there.
Pereira at an autograph session for Xerox. Pereira is Brazil's No.1 player - by a long way, too.
And she would eventually make the semifinals of the Rio Open - the second WTA semifinal of her career.
Pereira is the only Brazilian to reach the semifinals of a WTA event in the last 24 years.
Last Sunday was a busy day - South American No.1 Paula Ormaechea stopped in for media interviews.
Pereira was there as well, for media day and also for WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox.
Pereira was also the life of the player party, which was held at the official Rio Open hotel.
Schiavone at the party. Schiavone is the 2010 French Open champion and has been as high as No.4.
Klara Zakopalova at the party. Zakopalova would eventually reach the final of the Rio Open...
María Irigoyen and Irina-Camelia Begu won the doubles. Irigoyen won her first WTA title of any kind.
The singles final was held on Sunday and Japanese No.1 Kurumi Nara beat Zakopalova for the title.
Nara embraced her coach after grinding out a two-hour, three-minute, 61 46 61 victory over Zakopalova.