Some of the players participating in this first edition of the MARBELLA MASTERS 2010, met the press today, Friday 17th September, first day of the tournament…
Martina Hingis, Sergi Bruguera, Pat Cash and Richard Krajicek , posed smiling for the cameras and gave individual interviews.
Hingis, with her captivating smile, explained that she knows the Costa del Sol quite good, as she has been on holidays in Estepona, where she was horse riding, an activity that she frequently does. The tournament she has the best memory of, is one on which she won a car, although she wasn´t even old enough to drive it.
She admires Kim Clijsters for her capacity to combine her personal life with a successful career, but considers that in the actual women´s tennis there are many players with great qualities and a variety of play.
When she is asked for an advice for the young players, she says: “Be surrounded by trustworthy people, like your family, who can be your support at any time.”
The second confrontation of the day was an exhibition match between Pilar Dominguez Spain champion “cadete” of 2009 and Martina Hingis.
A set that the swiss player resolved with a 9-3 win who following the match praised the young Spaniards talent. Nerves betrayed the young player from Granada although she will have her 2nd chance to beat Hingis on Sunday.
Third and final day of the MARBELLA MASTERS 2010. Three quarters to capacity at the Tennis Club in Puente Romano to view four interesting matches…
The afternoon kicked off with an exhibition match where Martina Hingis met Pilar Dominguez who trains at the High Performance Centre of the Andalucian Tennis Federation.
To the surprise of everyone, including Hingis, Dominguez managed to lead 6-4 in the 9 game set. From there on however, Martina maneuvered her opponent from side to side until tiring her out achieving a final win at 4-9.
Later on and in private, Pilar Dominguez confessed that she thought the set was 6 games and thought she was the winner against Hingis, even approaching the net to shake her hand until the umpire clarified the confusion. What a disappointment for her!
Martina has been one of the most acclaimed participants of the Marbella Masters, adored by the public they constantly applauded her strokes, her smiles and encouraging words to Pilar Dominguez. A pleasure to see her again on the courts.