Photo credit: Photo Concierge E. Ling
It was big news for the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League. Ana Ivanovic joined the UAE Royals in Singapore with her more than one million fans on twitter accompanying her virtually.
“It’s lovely to be back in Singapore. I have really nice memories from here, specially from 2014”, said Ivanovic, who qualified for the WTA Finals two years ago, and competed at the Singapore Indoor Stadium that is playing host to the IPTL second leg this week.
The former world number one and 2008 Roland Garros champion missed the first leg in Japan but couldn’t stay away from her team any longer. Martina Hingis, the only woman on the UAE Royals squad before Ivanovic’s arrival, had a wish a couple of days ago. “I hope that Ana can join us soon”. Ivanovic quickly obliged and the Serb’s first hitting session in Singapore was of course, with her team-mate, Hingis.
Ivanovic was a part of the Indian Aces team that won the inaugural IPTL tournament in 2014. She moved to the UAE Royals for the second season and today joined the Emirati side.
It has been a long layoff for the winner of 15 WTA titles, who pulled the plug early on her 2016 season to recover from a recurring wrist injury after the US Open and has now made her return to the courts for the first time in three months.
“It was my first match after a long time and it was quite challenging so I hope I can improve little by little in the next few matches”, said Ivanovic. There is something sure. Her team and fans are over the moon with her comeback.