Once, they set up a casual blind date for her with the son of a family friend. In , only 62, babies were born in Hong Kong, compared to 86, agency Hong Kong Matchmakers, observed that policymakers in Singapore, . Hong Kong · China · Golf · Racing · Rugby · Soccer · Tennis · Boxing. I attended a speed-dating event for the first time. pacing the toilet and breaking into perspiration because Singapore is just too damn humid. Former World No.1 Pliskova will contest the final four in Singapore for the second "So I just tried to move her around and change the speed.
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It also will come with a brand-new building. That, reportedly, is the first glitch.
Lawler said that red tape involving existing businesses on the site, which will need to be razed to make way for the new building, is delaying things. But the venue, built inis a half-hour by car and an hour by public transport, west of the downtown core.
The Shenzhen Bay arena looks spectacular. But beyond that, the event seems to lack much out-of-the-box, creative thinking about how to stage it, how to draw attention to it via innovation, bells and whistles. But the challenge in bringing it to a wider audience is that the bells and whistles that might engage North America, or Europe, likely are a much harder sell in China. The high-profile involvement of legends McEnroe and Borg adds some significant star power to the Laver Cup.
Navratilova and Evert have been in attendance for all five editions in Singapore.
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There are a lot more matches during the Tour Finals than the Laver Cup, of course. So how about Evert and an assistant captain — say, Kim Clijsters — splitting the on-court coaching duties for one group.
And Navratilova and — say, Jennifer Capriati, who is in Singapore this year — splitting duties for the other? You could have them sit courtside with their players during matches, miked up for television. Talk about value-added, and promoting interest with the non-hardcore tennis fans who have trouble distinguishing Kiki Bertens from Elina Svitolina.
Not to mention — the great optics of having these fabulous female athletes being coached by other women. But you could argue the point is to sell the event, which began with terrific attendance in for the debut in Singapore inbut has not set the world on fire since then. Plus, the attendance by international tennis media beyond those from the countries represented and even then, not every country has been weak.
At left, the official, Photoshopped, shiny Singapore selfie. At right, the actual selfie. The first winner was Monica Puig. The winner was … Naomi Osakawho defeated Caroline Garcia.
Those two tuned out pretty well. Still, it offered a welcome glimpse of the future. Only the final will be played in the stadium. When the WTA Tour first moved to Singapore, the doubles qualifiers had the same opportunity as the singles stars. The teams could win their way through the same round-robin format to get to the semifinals and finals.
After the first two years, the doubles went back to a straight elimination format in Simona Halep enjoyed a breakthrough in where she won her first six WTA titles.
She kicked off the season at the Brisbane Internationalshe fell to Madison Keys in round 1. She then won the biggest title of her career at the Qatar Total Open in Doha when she defeated Angelique Kerber in the final.
She bounced back at the French Open where she reached the final, her first grand slam final. She faced Sharapova and lost once again in tough three sets. At the Wimbledon Championshipsshe reached the semifinals, where she lost to Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets. At the US OpenSimona was one of the heavy favourites to make it to the final. She then lost to Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals at Miami.
All four players qualified after Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova exit in their respective third round matches at the China Open and Li Na 's retirement from tennis. Eugenie Bouchard reached her first slam final at Wimbledon. Eugenie Bouchard made a breakthrough in entering the top 10 for the first time.
At the first slam of the year at the Australian Openshe got to the second week for the first time and further reaching the semifinals losing to eventual champion Li Nabeing the first Canadian since to reach the semifinals of a slam.
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She followed it up with her second slam semifinal at the French Open losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. She suffered her first loss in the year before the semifinals of a slam at the US Open at the fourth round to Ekaterina Makarova. She failed to defend her title at the Sydney International losing in the second round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She was also a semifinalist at the Mutua Madrid Open losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova once again.Blind Dating - It's a Date! EP1
She couldn't consolidate those strong showings at the French Openlosing in the third round to Ajla Tomljanovic. She also lost early at the Wimbledon Championshipsbowing out to Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round.
She did however win her first title of the season at the Rogers Cup defeating Venus Williams in the final.
Despite being only 23, Wendy So Shun-man, also felt the need to attend speed dating events in search of a serious relationship. Capitalising on the anxious hearts looking for love, matchmakers in Hong Kong have seen a thriving business in the digital era despite the prevalence of free dating apps that supposedly revolutionised how this generation could find romance by simply swiping right. But where can I go?
I am still alone. Once, they set up a casual blind date for her with the son of a family friend. I agreed just to please my parents. Apparently the guy was forced to go too.
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In addition, she sought to expand her social circle by taking classes after work. She also tried dating apps and online dating sites because of their popularity. Like many lonely hearts in the city, her search is ongoing.