Seven of the star players from the women’s field of the Sydney International, including Simona Halep, Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens, Samantha Stosur and Ajla Tomljanovic, enjoyed a cruise of the Sydney Harbour on board the luxurious super yacht, ‘Corroboree’. Despite the cold drizzly weather and grey skies, the players happily shared insights into their off season as well as their goals for the 2019 season.
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty spoke about having all four of her wisdom teeth pulled out at the start of the off season, and about her four dogs who are “energetic and a good use for four extra pillows when you need them.” Barty also shared that her ultimate goal for the year is to get in the top 10, and she also wants to go deeper in the grand slams.
Fellow Australian, Samantha Stosur was asked about her opinion on the newly introduced final set tie-break at the Australian Open. She said that she doesn’t believe that it is too big of a deal, but it is a little usual.
World no. 1 Simona Halep from Romania said that she is looking forward to some match practice in Sydney to test out her back ahead of the Australian Open. She suffered a herniated disc in her back and hasn’t played a match since the 30th of September last year when she was forced to retire during a match in Beijing.
For more photos from the cruise go here: https://photos.keatingmedia.com.au/Sport/Sydney-International-Tennis/Sydney-Harbour-Cruise-with-women-players/
Below is a video from the cruise with the WTA stars.
Sloane Stephens: Yeah it’s so nice everything is incredible the bridge, Opera House. It’s amazing it’s so nice and I just wish it was a better day. But still it’s so nice out it’s just a little bit cold but it’s so it just as beautiful.
Petra Kvitova: Spend a few few minutes, few hours I was with those girls on this boat, just beautiful we are lucky to have this view.
Simona Halep: so I’m really happy to be here and it’s a great place beautiful place I can say and th people are great so I feel good I just feel looking forward for the start of the week and to have great days here.
Sam Stosur: yeah it’s still a beautiful spot and we cruise down the harbor it’s pretty cool so yeah I’m loving being back even being from Australia we love this so I can imagine the other girls from around the world this is pretty unique opportunity for everyone to come out and see what’s Sydney’s got to offer.
Daria Gavrilova: the background is beautiful probably not the best weather for it (laughter) but I love it and yeah what a great experience.
Ash Barty: I am a very lucky girl. I do get the support that I do get from the Australian public in particular and there is nothing better than seeing all the kids faces out there especially Ken Rosewall Arena when they fill it out it’s…
Ajla Tomljanovic: I wouldn’t have changed this morning for many others so it’s really nice even though the weather’s not great but I mean you you won’t get this view and you know any place else so I’m really happy that I’m here.