Dazzling opening ceremony kicks off WTA Finals in Singapore

The BNP Paribas Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals got off to a bright start at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in an opening ceremony marked by a dazzling light display and live performances. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
The BNP Paribas Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals got off to a bright start at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in an opening ceremony marked by a dazzling light display and live performances. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Ana Ivanovic fans show their support for the Serbian star during her opening match against world no. 1 Serena Williams. -- PHOTO: ST READER
Ana Ivanovic fans show their support for the Serbian star during her opening match against world no. 1 Serena Williams. -- PHOTO: ST READER
Serena Williams of the US returns the ball to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) championships in Singapore on Oct 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Serena Williams of the US returns the ball to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) championships in Singapore on Oct 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - The BNP Paribas Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals got off to a bright start at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in an opening ceremony marked by a dazzling light display and live performances.

Hitting the ceremonial first serve was Li Na. The Chinese star, who won this year's Australian Open and the 2012 French Open, announced her retirement last month and remains a popular figure in the circuit.

The opening match pits world No.1 Serena Williams against world No. 8 Ana Ivanovic. Although 33 and the oldest player in this year's WTA Finals, Williams boasts the best record this season amonst the eight finalists, winning six titles this year, including the US Open.