Serena Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko, Abu Dhabi MWTC Preview

Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Exhibition

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Serena Williams vs ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปย Jelena Ostapenko

Serena Williams will make her much anticipated return to competitive play at a special exhibition match in Abu Dhabi. The 23-time Grand Slam Champion will come up against reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko. This promises to be an exciting encounter, the pair have never played each other in a competitive match, just one of the exciting factors heading into the match.

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Serena Williams will be playing her first match in almost a year after giving birth to her first child in September. Williams and Ostapenko will bring the spotlight to the WTA at the 10th Edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the first time women have competed at the annual season opening championship.

Jelena Ostapenko arrives in Abu Dhabi soon after competing at an exhibition event in Hua Hin, Thailand. Ostapenko played a couple of matches in Hua Hin, losing in straight sets on both occasions. The Latvian was beaten by Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta quite comfortably. Notably, Ostapenko changed racquetโ€™s during the off-season, the 20-year-old was seemingly struggling to find her range in her matches in Hua Hin and gestured that she was having trouble with her new racquet on a few occasions.

Serena Williams has not played a competitive match since she claimed her 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2017. It was later revealed that Williams was in the early stages of pregnancy during her title run in Melbourne. It has remained doubtful that Serena would make the trip to Australia to defend her title, however it is now clear that Serena will remarkably defend her title in Melbourne given her appearance in Abu Dhabi. Every match Serena can play before Melbourne is important given her lengthy time away from the court, it will be interesting to see what kind of level Serena can bring to the court at the MWTC.



It is worth noting that the addition of this match in Abu Dhabi is related to the high profile withdrawals from the annual menโ€™s event. Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka have all pulled out of the event. Serena was undoubtedly lured to Abu Dhabi with a huge pay cheque.

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Ashleigh Barty, Zhuhai Semi-Final Preview

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Saturdayโ€™s second semi-final in Zhuhai sees CoCo Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty go head-to-head for the first time. Vandeweghe and Barty both went undefeated in their groups to advance to the semi-finals, both are in good form heading into this intriguing semi-final clash. Barty has arguably been the form player thus far in Zhuhai, the Aussieโ€™s serving has been particularly impressive. Vandeweghe has also been serving well this week and can match Barty from the service line. This will be an exciting clash between two powerful opponents, who will emerge victorious in the first meeting between the pair?

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Anastasija Sevastova vs Julia Goerges, Zhuhai Semi-Final Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sloane Stephens vs (11) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Barbora Strycova

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Elena Vesnina vs Shuai Peng, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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Kristina Mladenovic vs Julia Goerges, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(1) ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Kristina Mladenovic vs (7) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Julia Goerges

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Elena Vesnina, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(2) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ CoCo Vandeweghe vs (6) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Elena Vesnina

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Anastasija Sevastova vs Barbora Strycova, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(5) ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Anastasija Sevastova vs (11) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Barbora Strycova

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Angelique Kerber vs Ashleigh Barty, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(8) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Angelique Kerber vs (9) ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Ashleigh Barty

Top spot in the rose group and progression to the semi-final stage in Zhuhai is up for grabs when Angelique Kerber comes up against Ashleigh Barty on Thursday. If Kerber is to progress to the semi-final stage she needs to win this match in straight sets, Barty just needs to win 1 set to confirm her spot on top of the rose group. Barty was in sensational form in her Zhuhai debut, comfortably defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets, can the Aussie bring a similar level here and advance to the final four in Zhuhai?

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