Early bird wins pair of tickets - for a friend

Above: World No. 6 Garbine Muguruza on the purple carpet at the singles draw ceremony at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands yesterday. Left: A happy Anjelica Barracoso, who is a fan of Spanish player Muguruza, taking a selfie with her prized pair of WTA
Above: World No. 6 Garbine Muguruza on the purple carpet at the singles draw ceremony at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands yesterday.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Above: World No. 6 Garbine Muguruza on the purple carpet at the singles draw ceremony at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands yesterday. Left: A happy Anjelica Barracoso, who is a fan of Spanish player Muguruza, taking a selfie with her prized pair of WTA
A happy Anjelica Barracoso, who is a fan of Spanish player Muguruza, taking a selfie with her prized pair of WTA Finals premium tickets and a jumbo ball autographed by tennis great Martina Navratilova.ST PHOTO: MAY CHEN

Arriving at Marina Bay Sands well ahead of time yesterday earned Anjelica Barracoso more than just a prime view of the singles draw ceremony of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

The 29-year-old Filipina also won a pair of premium tickets to the tennis event - worth almost $200 - as well as a jumbo ball autographed by tennis great Martina Navratilova.

Barracoso was the first to locate the prizes based on clues given through a Twitter scavenger hunt organised by The Straits Times, finding them just minutes after the final clue was tweeted around 5.15pm yesterday.

The hunt's hashtag #STixtoWTAFinals was one of the trending topics on Twitter yesterday.

Said Barracoso, who flew to Singapore only yesterday morning to watch the prestigious season-ending finale: "I was afraid of running into traffic so I decided to come a bit earlier.

"I was walking around, looking out to see where it might be, and just happened to be in the same area after the clue was sent out."

She was alerted to the ticket giveaway by a Singaporean friend, who will now benefit from the tickets to the Thursday evening session as Barracoso is scheduled to depart on Tuesday.

In Singapore for the second straight year to watch the WTA Finals, she proved herself to be a seasoned tennis fan when she recognised immediately whose autograph was on the jumbo tennis ball.

Said Barracoso, who purchased tickets for the opening day tomorrow and Monday: "I'm a fan of Garbine Muguruza, so I'm hoping she will be able to win this year."

Two more pairs of tickets and autographed paraphernalia will be given out over the weekend - one set today and another tomorrow - through a similar format.

Clues will be tweeted to readers on the @STcom Twitter account from around noon, bearing the hashtag #STixtoWTAFinals.

The second and final clue will lead to the location of the tickets. The tweet will contain a picture of a copy of The Straits Times, offering hints on where the prizes are placed - the first reader to locate them wins.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2016, with the headline 'Early bird wins pair of tickets - for a friend'. Print Edition | Subscribe