WTA Car Handover Ceremony (from left to right): Francis Lee, Managing Director of Stuttgart Auto, Adrian Staiti, Executive Vice-President of Global Partnerships, Lagardère Sports, Melissa Pine, Vice-President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global and Henrik Dreier, General Manager – Singapore, Porsche Asia Pacific.
As the Official Automotive Partner of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SG Global, Porsche together with its dealer Stuttgart Auto, is providing 40 event cars. This year, the top eight women’s singles players and doubles teams, as well as game officials will be chauffeured in the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera models. The fleet of 40 cars was officially handed over to WTA for use at this year’s tournament at the Racquet Club at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on the 19th October.
Porsche brand ambassador Angelique Kerber at an exclusive photo shoot with the all-new Cayenne at Porsche Centre Singapore.
Angelique Kerber with the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS at an exclusive photo shoot in Singapore.
“Our support for women’s tennis is an extension of our efforts to foster strong bonds with our customers, many of whom are tennis players themselves, or have a love for the sport. Spectators and admirers of both Porsche and tennis are able to witness how two very different brands share the same passion for excellence, both on and off the court. For Porsche, the WTA Finals serves as an important platform to build excitement and hype around new model launches such as the all-new Cayenne, which we launched in June this year. To this end, we had the pleasure of hosting Angelique Kerber at Porsche Centre Singapore for her photoshoot with the all-new Cayenne. On behalf of everyone at Porsche Centre Singapore, I’d like to wish Angelique the very best of luck at this year’s tournament.” said Francis Lee, Managing Director of Stuttgart Auto.
To further reinforce the two brands’ mutual commitment to performance, Porsche will be showcasing the all-new Cayenne at the Racquet Club, the official hospitality programme of the WTA Finals. In addition, a Porsche 718 Boxster GTS will also be on display at centre court to emphasise the long-standing relationship between the WTA Finals and Porsche in Singapore.
Henrik Dreier, General Manager – Singapore, Porsche Asia Pacific said, “Over the course of the four-year partnership in Singapore, Porsche and WTA Finals Singapore have created a natural and compelling synergy. This collaboration is built on the shared values and attributes of uncompromising precision, quality, high-calibre performance and excellence – all qualities which today have become synonymous with both brands. Thanks to our sponsorship of the WTA Finals Singapore, Porsche in Singapore receives greater visibility and value for our brand, alongside the growth of WTA as a major international sporting event.”
“Porsche Race to Singapore” winner Simona Halep with her Porsche 718 Boxster GTS. Pictured with Micky Lawler (WTA) and Oliver Eidam (Porsche AG).
Simona Halep wins the “Porsche Race to Singapore” for a second time
The “Porsche Race to Singapore” has crossed the finishing line – with Simona Halep as the victor. After amassing 6,921 points, the 27-year old Romanian has won the qualification for the WTA Finals in Singapore for the second time after 2017. On Saturday 20 October 2018, she was presented with the winner’s prize, a Porsche 718 Boxster GTS with 365 bhp. The WTA Finals, for which the season’s eight most successful players have qualified via the Porsche Race to Singapore, will be played in the Singapore Sports Hub from the 21st to 28th October.
“After winning my maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year, finishing first in the “Race to Singapore” is an honour that makes me very proud,” said Simona Halep upon receiving the key for the chalk-coloured sports car. 2018 was the most successful season of her career. In addition to winning her first ever Major in Paris, she was also victorious at the Shenzhen Open and the Rogers Cup in Montreal. She reached the final at the Australian Open and then at the tournaments in Rome and Cincinnati. “Winning the “Race to Singapore” for the second year in a row is a fantastic moment for me, and I hope I can carry this good form over into the new season,” added Halep.
As a part of its global partnership with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Porsche has been the title partner of the “Porsche Race to Singapore” and the exclusive automotive partner of the WTA for two years now. The car maker has thus intensified its good long-standing cooperation with the body governing women’s tennis. Porsche has been the sponsor and organiser of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, which has been regularly voted by the players as their favourite tournament in its category, since 1978 and 2002 respectively.
“We’d like to congratulate Simona Halep on winning the “Porsche Race to Singapore” for the second time,” said Detlev von Platen, member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “With the 2018 Porsche Race to Singapore, we have once again succeeded in being visible throughout the year in international women’s tennis. It is a strong sign of our bond and close cooperation with the WTA as well as the ideal complement to our national tennis activities.”
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