Patrice Lair, Sonia Bompastor, Corine Franco, Camille Abily and Louisa Necib were all in Paris on Wednesday evening to watch Maria Sharapova play in the Paris Open.
OL Women were honoured on Wednesday evening at the 20th Anniversary Paris Open tennis tournament when the OL Women's short sponsor organised a partners evening. Before then, Patrice Lair, Sonia Bompastor, Corine Franco, Camille Abily and Louisa Necib watched Maria Sharapova win her last 16 clash against Chanelle Schepers 6-1, 6-3. "It's really good to watch another sport close up. Sharapova is an amazing athlete - it's really amazing to see her play," revealed Corine Franco. "The ball goes so fast, the girls move quickly and hit it really hard. Sharapova is a great player. We're very happy to be here so a big thank you to our sponsor," commented Patrice Lair.
The OL Women's party then met several other athletes, including Amélie Mauresmo, a big fan of women's football: "I followed the World Cup and loved every second of it. It was fantastic and I loved the spirit it was played in compared to men's football. I'm delighted for them that the sport is growing." Vice-president of the Paris Open, Jean-François Sirelli, explained sponsor EDF Suez's attitude towards female sport: "We're celebrating 20 years of the Paris Open but we're also involved in other womens sports. We believe it plays a major role in our society and we're very happy to be able to help out. Bravo to Les Lyonnaises the French and European champions, they are incredible."