'I fell in love with Indian food' - Australian tennis player Storm Hunter delighted with Mumbai hospitality, playing conditions; promises to return next year
The 29-year-old has reached the singles final and will play for the title on Sunday.
Australian Storm Hunter, on her maiden visit to India is excited with the experience and all the more, since she has sailed into the singles finals of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series Tennis Championships, being organized by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and the Cricket Club of India (CCI).
The 29-year-old left-handed Hunter defeated 22-year-old eighth seeded American Katie Volynets 6-4, 7-6(4) in the semifinals, and will clash with 21-year-old Latvian sixth seed Darja Seministaja in Sunday’s final at the iconic CCI floodlit courts. Seministaja beat Dutchwoman Arianne Hartono 7-5, 6-4 in the second semi-final.
Hunter, currently ranked No 3 in the world in doubles, during a media briefing has confessed that she has been soaking in every moment of her stay in Mumbai. “I am enjoying and learning a lot of things during my stay here in India. The people of Mumbai have been warm and helpful, making my stay very pleasant so far,” Hunter mentioned.
The Australian enjoyed a smooth passage to the semifinals after Russian teenager Alina Korneeva withdrew from the tournament due to a viral illness. The Australian also benefited from a retirement earlier in the week when Hungary’s Fanny Stollar withdrew after trailing 0-3 in the first set of their first-round clash.
Hunter utilized her spare time by mingling and interacting with young upcoming tennis kids during a clinic on the practice courts. “I enjoyed spending time with the children learning this sport at the tennis clinic. It was great to share my experience with them (children) and as a tennis player it felt amazing. I felt excited and decided to make a reel about my whole experience of this tour which received a lot of positive comments,” she admitted.
Indian Sports Live Coverage on Khel Now
- Indian hockey player Varun Kumar accused of rape of minor, booked under POSCO act
- Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa becomes junior world no. 1 in chess
- Sports Ministry suspends Paralympic Committee of India for violating Sports Code
- All England Open 2024: Satwik-Chirag to lead India’s challenge as top seeds
- List of Indian athletes to have secured qualification for Paris Olympics 2024
The Aussie star mentioned she loves Indian cuisine and relished the different dishes. “I fell in love with Indian food, especially Uttapam which I have for breakfast. Apart from that I enjoyed having vegetable curry and paneer during my meals.”
“I thank MSLTA and CCI for putting up this wonderful event. The entire tournament was well-organised. The hospitality was top-class, and the playing conditions were excellent,” she said.
“I hope to win the final and if I achieve my dream, I will definitely have to return back to defend the title,” she said before a cool down session.
- WTA Qatar Open 2024: Updated schedule, fixtures, results, live streaming details
- Bengaluru Open 2024 ATP Challenger: Updated schedule, fixtures, results, live streaming details
- Full list of players who have withdrawn from the WTA Qatar Open 2024
- All you need to know about WTA Qatar Open 2024 Prize Money
- Indian tennis players to reach top 100 of ATP Rankings in men's singles