Three of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's brightest stars took some time out during the Barcelona Ladies Open last week to participate in a unique photo shoot, “A Tear For Africa”. During the shoot, a professional make-up artist painted a black tear on the faces of Anabel Medina Garrigues, Carla Suárez Navarro and Maria Kirilenko, then images were snapped.
“I agreed to do it right away,” Medina Garrigues said. “It was so nice, and it's important to participate in these kind of things. It was a true pleasure for me.”
“It was really nice to be part of such a project and to be among other athletes,” Suárez Navarro said. “I hope we can help and make a little diference.”
“I enjoyed the photo shoot and I am happy that I did it,” Kirilenko said. “It was for a good cause and that is always important.”
The aforementioned Tour players are among a number of professional athletes who have taken part in the initiative. The photos will be shown and sold at an exhibition this coming September, and proceeds will go to the Association for Integral Health and Human Development of Mozambique in Africa.
Suárez Navarro and Kirilenko would eventually meet in the semifinals of the Barcelona Ladies Open, with the Russian emerging victorious in three sets before falling to Roberta Vinci in the final. Medina Garrigues was forced to withdraw from the tournament before it started due to injury, but participated in several off-court activities - including this photo shoot - during the week.