ABU DHABI: World No. 6 Ons Jabeur and Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka will compete within the doubles on the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open, which begins on Saturday, after being awarded a wild card.
Hosted by Mubadala and offered by the Abu Dhabi Sports activities Council, the WTA 500 occasion returns to the Worldwide Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports activities Metropolis, for its second version, operating from Feb. 3 to 11.
A star-studded singles lineup consists of eight of the world’s high 20, with Elena Rybakina, Maria Sakkari and Barbora Krejcikova all competing for the title, alongside wild card entrants Osaka and Emma Raducanu, winner of the 2021 US Open.
Whereas the singles competitors will undoubtedly generate enormous curiosity, eyes may also flip to the doubles as a result of Jabeur, a fan favourite and Grand Slam finalist, will accomplice four-time Grand Slam winner and former world No. 1 Osaka for the primary time.
Whereas each gamers are extra generally identified for his or her singles careers, Osaka has competed within the girls’s doubles in any respect 4 Grand Slam tournaments, whereas Jabeur has performed within the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Jabeur beforehand partnered 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams at Eastbourne in 2022, the place the duo reached the semifinals earlier than being pressured to withdraw after the Tunisian picked up an harm.
The Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open doubles competitors begins on Monday Feb. 5.
Jabeur, in the meantime, will start her pursuit of singles glory on the occasion on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Whereas her opponent is not going to be revealed till the event draw takes place on Saturday, the date of her first look within the competitors is confirmed, topic to the ultimate WTA schedule.
Final week it was introduced that Osaka, a champion at each the US Open and Australian Open on two separate events, can be becoming a member of the principle attract Abu Dhabi having been awarded a wild card.