Hysek Women are back on court in Gstaad
Hysek is sponsor and official timekeeper of the Ladies Championship Gstaad, which this year welcomes tennis star Timea Bacsinszky.
Swiss watchmaker Hysek, which is soon to celebrate its 20th anniversary, is worldwide partner and official timekeeper of the Ladies Championship Gstaad, which takes place in the exclusive Swiss resort from 9 to 17 July.
This is the first time Switzerland has hosted an event on the WTA circuit since 2008, the date of the last Zurich Open. Gstaad stepped into the breach following the cancellation of the Nürnberger Gastein Ladies event in Austria, and will host the Ladies Championship Gstaad in the first half of July. The timing couldn’t be better, since the dates are a match with one of the biggest sports events in Switzerland, the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad, which begins on 16 July and ends eight days later. This will make Gstaad the tennis capital of Switzerland for two whole weeks.
Hysek has a varied presence in Gstaad: it is providing match timekeeping, it has a popup shop in the village and there are posters everywhere. “We could not have dreamed of a better fit, in terms of both our values as well as the calendar,” notes Hysek CEO Akram Aljord. “The tournament is independent, like us, and it is part of a century-old tradition, as are we with our continued investment in the values of haute horlogerie. What is more, the Ladies Championship Gstaad promotes women’s identity, just like our Kalysta collection, which was launched at Baselworld.”
Hysek is looking forward to supporting this new women’s tournament, where it will time the performances of young professionals including Caroline Garcia, Jelena Jankovic and Lausanne native Timea Bacsinszky.
Talented Swiss miss
Twenty-six-year-old Timea Bacsinszky is currently ranked eleventh in the world. Since turning professional in 2004 she has won four singles titles on the WTA circuit. Her best Grand Slam result to date came at the French Open in 2015, when she was beaten in the semi-final by Serena Williams.
Her journey has not been a typical one. Her father was a tennis coach, so it’s not surprising that Timea was just three when she first picked up a racquet. For a long time, she resented her father for having pushed her so hard as a young tennis player, but she returned to professional tennis in 2013 after she unexpectedly received an email saying she had been selected to compete in the French Open qualifier. She took it as a sign that tennis was her destiny, and signed up immediately. Despite going out in the first round, her passion for tennis was rekindled, and after the tournament she immediately got in touch with Dimitri Zavialoff, Stan Wawrinka’s former coach, and began training again.
A baseline player, Timea Bacsinszky will run around her forehand to take retake control, and has a blazing backhand which she frequently slices to keep her opponents off-balance.
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