International players wow tennis fans in exhibition event

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Four international tennis stars, Victoria Azarenka, Dominika Cibulkova, Gilles Simon and Feliciano Lopez had a great time with fans at Ho Chi Minh City's Lan Anh Sports Center on Thursday.

As an invitational event where players and tennis fans could have fun together, the results were not very important.

It was Lopez's birthday and the Spaniard was surprised and happy to receive wishes from the fans right before the matches began.

At 6 p.m., the 31st-ranked Lopez played the 17th-ranked Frenchman Simon and the Spaniard won 4-6, 7-5, 10-2.

In the women's singles, world number one Belarusian Azarenka,  beat the 13th-ranked Slovak Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3; and in the mixed doubles event, the  Azarenka/Lopez duo beat Simon/Cibulkokva 10-3 (the mixed double game consisted of only one set).

While the matches were not official, spectators enjoyed the quality of tennis displayed, more so as the players went for shots they would would not normally play in real matches.

Azarenka, the 23-year-old Belarusia, made a great impression on the fans. During a break, she repeated the dance she did after beating the world No.2 Russian Maria Sharapova in the women's singles semifinals at the US Open recently.

In the end,  organizers of the Heineken Stars 2012 event presented trophies to all the four stars.

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