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ABU DHABI: Emma Raducanu will meet Ons Jabeur in a last-16 conflict on the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open introduced by the Abu Dhabi Sports activities Council, after the Brit confirmed her class in a cushty win over the Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova on Monday evening.

Having returned to motion initially of the 12 months following a number of accidents, Raducanu took a while to seek out her rhythm, and it was Bouzkova who appeared the extra assured within the opening levels as she received the primary two video games.

Nonetheless, the 2021 US Open champion started to get a foothold within the recreation with a few beautiful drop-shots, a sign of what was to observe. And when she levelled the primary set at 4-4, the steadiness of the competition swung in her favor.

Raducanu received the subsequent two video games to say the primary set, and from that time onwards there was solely ever going to be one consequence.

A dominant show within the second set noticed the Brit produce some great tennis, and he or she ultimately received 6-4, 6-1to e-book a date with world No. 6 Jabeur on Wednesday.

On the prospect of going through Jabeur, Raducanu mentioned: “We performed right here a 12 months in the past, nearly, on the Mubadala Exhibition and it was an amazing match for the followers. She’s undoubtedly the house favourite right here and rightfully so.

“I actually like Ons. She’s somebody who’s form of taken me beneath her wing as I’ve been new to the tour. I’m actually trying ahead to it as a result of lots of people have been saying to me, ‘Oh, Ons, Ons, Ons,’ and I used to be like, I’m taking part in Maria, who’s ranked like thirtieth on this planet and that’s not a simple match.

“I’m actually happy to place myself on this scenario and yeah, I’m going out with nothing to lose in opposition to her.”

The day’s opening contest was an all-American affair as Ashlyn Krueger and Bernarda Pera went head-to-head for a spot within the final 16.

The duo served up an entertaining spectacle, and it was Krueger who ultimately prevailed 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

One other three-set thriller adopted as Sorana Cirstea fought again from one set down to beat Grand Slam semifinalist Caroline Garcia 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, a contest which ebbed and flowed as each gamers produced moments of high quality.

Krueger and Cirstea are joined within the final 16 by Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia who defeated China’s Xiyu Wang in straight units.

Haddad Maia dominated the early levels and took the primary set 6-2, however was made to work laborious by the three-time junior Grand Slam winner within the second, which was ultimately settled through a tie-break for a 6-2, 7-6 victory.

Followers have been handled to a different high quality match on Stadium Courtroom between Daria Kasatkina and Diane Parry because the pair battled for a spot within the subsequent spherical.

After Kasatkina had received a decent first set 6-4, French star Parry rallied and fought again to say the second 7-5.

The third set adopted an identical theme to the earlier two, with little separating the gamers, nevertheless it was Kasatkina who clinched it 6-4 to e-book her place within the subsequent spherical.

Monday additionally marked the start of the match’s doubles competitors, with American pairing Caroline Dolehide and Desirae Krawczyk defeating Cristina Bucsa and Monica Niculescu in straight units to progress. And Hao Ching-Chan and Giuliana Olmos are additionally by way of to the subsequent spherical after overcoming Anhelina Kalinina and Yifan Xu.

The gang was bolstered by hundreds of native kids who attended the occasion as a part of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open Faculties Program. Amongst these was a nationwide artwork competitors, from which a collection of entries is on show within the Fan Village.

Naomi Osaka and Jabeur will play collectively within the doubles competitors on Tuesday, whereas the Japanese former world No. 1 additionally faces a extremely anticipated singles match in opposition to America’s Danielle Collins, a 2022 Australian Open finalist.

Brit Heather Watson takes on Veronika Kudermetova in one other intriguing contest whereas gifted Filipino star Alex Eala is about to make her first look on the match.