Day 7 In Review
11th January 2015
Chennai's tennis fans came out in large numbers to cheer some of their favourite players in singles and doubles final of the Aircel Chennai Open 2015. Thrilling crowds were India's very own Leander Paes and South Africa's Raven Klaasen, top seed Stan Wawrinka, brilliant Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray, and inspiring qualifier Aljaz Bedene.
Top seed and defending singles champion Stan Wawrinka spelt straight set magic, taking down Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4 to win his third singles final at Aircel Chennai Open in a match that lasted just over an hour. For Wawrinka it was a familiar opponent, taking on 25-year old Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene for the third year in a row in Chennai. With this win, Wawrinka successfully defended a title for the first time in his career, and became the first back-to-back winner in Chennai since Marin Cilic in 2009-10. With this win, Wawrinka has written his name firmly in history books, becoming the first player to win the title thrice!
In the doubles final, Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray got the better of top seed Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen winning the match 6-3, 7-6(4). With the 5000-strong crowd rooting firmly for the top seeds, Lee-Raven came a cropper losing the title in straight sets, but starting their partnership on a strong footing for the season ahead.
After a grueling week, in the end, it was tennis that won. With this, the final curtain fell on a magnificent 20th edition of the Aircel Chennai Open, a premier and much sought-after tournament that has helped put Chennai and India into the league of top tennis organizing countries. The tournament will return in January 2016 marking the 20th year in its host city of Chennai.
May the celebrations go on!