Ser­ena’s su­per­star sis­ter act booked at Mubadala

Plays Venus in cap­i­tal

Sport360 - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ [email protected]

Mul­ti­ple Grand Slam cham­pion Ser­ena Wil­liams has been added to the star-stud­ded line-up for this year’s Mubadala World Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship (MWTC), which will take place from De­cem­ber 27-29.

The ten­nis su­per­star will be join­ing her sis­ter, Venus Wil­liams, in the women’s side of the 11th edi­tion – with lucky fans hav­ing the chance to see the sib­lings bat­tle it out at the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre at Zayed Sports City in ad­di­tion to all the en­ter­tain­ment in store for the fam­ily on Day One of the Cham­pi­onship.

What’s more, in or­der to get more young fans to watch the Wil­liams sis­ters in ac­tion, or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies can take ad­van­tage of the spe­cial of­fer whereby chil­dren can en­ter for free on pur­chase of an adult ticket on day one of the MWTC.

Com­ment­ing on her sec­ond ap­pear­ance in Abu Dhabi, Ser­ena said: “I loved play­ing in Abu Dhabi last year. I am ex­cited to re­turn to such a beau­ti­ful city and to see my fans. This time, I’ll be play­ing against my sis­ter, so the match will be even more spe­cial.”

Ser­ena, 37, con­sid­ered by many as one of the greatest ten­nis play­ers of all-time, will be aim­ing to equal the record for the most Grand Slam wins (24) at the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary 2019 – and MWTC will serve as a fan­tas­tic chance to sharpen her ten­nis skills ahead of this im­por­tant tour­na­ment.

Ser­ena made her re­turn to com­pet­i­tive ac­tion at MWTC last year, af­ter nearly a year away from the game fol­low­ing the birth of her daugh­ter – and since then, has gone on to have a strong sea­son reach­ing the fi­nals at both Wim­ble­don and the US Open.

At this year’s MWTC, Ser­ena will play her older sis­ter, Venus and fans in Abu Dhabi can look for­ward to an ex­cit­ing duel be­tween the duo. The younger Wil­liams en­joys an 18-12 ca­reer head-to-head record and met her sis­ter in the round of 32 at this year’s US Open where she went on to win in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

This year’s line-up is shap­ing up to be the most ex­cit­ing as it fea­tures six top male play­ers as well as the in­spi­ra­tional Wil­liams’ sis­ters.

The men’s side will fea­ture world num­ber one and 14-time Grand Slam Cham­pion No­vak Djokovic, world num­ber two and 17-time Grand Slam cham­pion Rafael Nadal, along­side last year’s de­fend­ing MWTC cham­pion, Kevin An­der­son, French Open fi­nal­ist, Do­minic Thiem, Aus­tralian Open semi-fi­nal­ist Hyeon Chung and re­cent Paris Masters Cham­pion, Karen Khachanov.

Tick­ets are priced from Dh100 and can be pur­chased from www. tick­et­mas­ter.ae or by call­ing 800 86 823 from within the UAE or +971 4 366 2289 from out­side the coun­try and all Vir­gin Mega­s­tores. Fans look­ing to at­tend all three days of the Cham­pi­onship can avail of a spe­cial 20-per-cent dis­count on ticket prices, while fam­i­lies can take ad­van­tage of the spe­cial of­fer whereby chil­dren can en­ter for free on pur­chase of an adult ticket on day one of the Cham­pi­onship.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. mubadalawtc.com.

“I am ex­cited to re­turn to such a beau­ti­ful city” – Ser­ena Wil­liams

Mubadala’s big hit­ters: Ser­ena Wil­liams is set to fea­ture in this month’s tour­na­ment in the cap­i­tal.

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