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Simona Halep joins Camel Caravan while Ana Ivanovic blooms in Miracle Gardens and Caroline Wozniacki tries Sand Boarding

Simona Halep (21) (1200x800)

 

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships women’s top seed Simona Halep had the chance earlier this week to take an unusual commute to work thanks to the efforts of the tournament and with the help of Gulf Ventures and a new friend.

 

Simona Halep (26) (904x1200)

 

After some initial nerves, Simona enjoyed her first camel ride through the dunes near Al Awir.

 

« This is my first chance to ride a camel. It wasn’t easy to start but now I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s nice to try something different, I love to be in Dubai, it is so different to other places.

I feel great, I’m ready to start the competition, I hope my first match is easier than it has been in the past.
I’m looking forward to playing my best tennis on court, let’s see what happens! »

 

Simona Halep (4) (771x1200)

 

Halep will meet Pattaya winner Daniela Hantuchova, in the second match after 7pm tonight.

Halep, the world number 3, and French Open and WTA Finals runner-up, leads a star studded line up this week, which includes defending champion Venus Williams, Wimbledon champion and 2013 Dubai champion Petra Kvitova, former Dubai winners Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki, Brisbane runner-up Ana Ivanovic, Australian Open semi-finalist Ekaterina Makarova and recent Sydney semi-finalist Angelique Kerber.

 

Simona Halep (17) (1200x800)

 

Tickets are still available for every day from the box office.

 


 

Ana Ivanovic (5) (1200x800)

 

Ana Ivanovic took time out to relax in the spectacular Miracle Gardens in Dubai this week, ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Ivanovic was amazed by the world’s biggest flower garden which is home to 45 million blooms.

 

« It’s a very peaceful and beautiful location, with so many flowers. It’s a great way to relax. I’ve seen the city grow so much since my first visit in 2006 and it always offers so much, there’s always things to do and this brings a lot of excitement to this event.

The field is very strong and I feel ready, and am looking forward to my first match. »

 

Ana Ivanovic (1200x800)

 

The former world number one and tournament 4th seed will begin her campaign meeting Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki in the second match after 12pm today.

Action in the WTA Tournament continues until Saturday, and along with Ivanovic, will feature French Open and WTA Finals runner up Simona Halep, defending champion Venus Williams, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, former winners Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki, Australian Open semi-finalist Ekaterina Makarova and recent Sydney semi-finalist Angelique Kerber.

 


 

Caroline Wozniacki (1200x800)

 

2011 Dubai champion Caroline Wozniacki tried a new sport this week ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, when she tried her luck at sand boarding in the spectacular dunes outside Dubai.

 

After a few attempts she mastered the skill :

« I really enjoyed it, it was definitely fun and I nailed a couple of runs. This hill wouldn’t be steep for experts, but for me it is! »

 

Caroline Wozniacki (2) (1200x739)

 

The tournament third seed said

« I’m feeling good, I’ve been practicing hard and I’m looking forward to playing. I’ve always played well here, and have won this tournament in the past, so that brings me some confidence but it’s a tough field and there’s no easy matches. »

 

Caroline Wozniacki (3) (1200x800)

 

Wozniacki begins her campaign for her second Dubai title today, meeting former US Open winner Samantha Stosur on Centre Court in the third match after 12noon.

Action in the WTA Tournament continues until Saturday, and along with French Open and WTA Finals runner up Simona Halep features defending champion Venus Williams, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 2012 Dubai winner Agnieszka Radwanska, Brisbane runner-up Ana Ivanovic, Australian Open semi-finalist Ekaterina Makarova and recent Sydney semi-finalist Angelique Kerber.

 

Caroline Wozniacki (4) (1200x775)

 

Tickets are still available for every day from the box office.