S'pore names orchid after Serena

S'pore names orchid after Serena
BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global between Serena Williams and Simona Halep at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 26 Oct 2014. Serena Williams’ victory at the packed Singapore Indoor Stadium is watched by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (right) and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong (second from left). Serena Williams beat Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0.

Serena Williams won more than just the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global yesterday.

Following her fifth triumph at the WTA's season finale, she had the Dendrobium Pramot x Burana Charming named after her.

Since 1957, over 100 orchid hybrids have been named after state visitors and VIPs as a gesture of goodwill.

Although a hybrid has been named after the Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009, this was the first time that Singapore has bestowed this honour on a sports personality.

This article was first published on October 27, 2014.
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