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Serena Williams to play sister Venus at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 4 Dec 2018
  • Serena Williams will play Venus Williams at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi
  • Serena is featuring at the exhibition event for the second straight year
  • Mubadala World Tennis Championship is live from Abu Dhabi from 27-29 December, 2018
Serena defeated Venus at the 2018 US Open. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams will take on elder sister, Venus at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi later this month.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship, staged at the Zayed Sports City's International Tennis Centre, is in its eleventh year, and has a long history of attracting the best players in the world. The exhibition tournament featured women for the first time last season, with Serena losing to former French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 3-6 10-5 in a one-off showdown last December.



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

That match against Ostapenko in December 2017 was Serena’s first since giving birth to her first daughter at the start of September. Williams did not play again until February 2018, when she filed out for the United States, along with her sister, in a Fed Cup doubles rubber against the Netherlands, while she made her official return to the WTA Tour after a 14-month absence at Indian Wells in March, beating Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens before falling to Venus in the third round.

The great American played just seven tournaments in 2018, but she still reached Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open, losing to Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka respectively. That controversial US Open defeat to Naomi Osaka turned out to be her last match of the season.

Williams compiled an 18-6 record in 2018, ending the year at 16th in the world, despite being ranked outside the top 400 up until the start of the French Open. 

Following her match with Venus in Abu Dhabi, Serena will play at the Hopman Cup in the first week of 2018, before moving over to Melbourne for the Australian Open, where she will attempt to equal Margaret Court all-time record of 24 major titles. Venus is scheduled to play in Auckland in the opening week of 2019.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which holds from 27-29 December, will also feature the top two in men’s rankings, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, along with Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson and Karen Khachanov, and Hyeon Chung. Nadal and Djokovic have byes into the semi-finals, while the other four men have been drawn into two knock-out ‘quarter-finals’, with the winners joining the top two seeds in the last four.



Nadal will meet the winner of the quarter final between Anderson and Chung, while Djokovic has been drawn to meet either Dominic Thiem or Paris Masters champion, Khachanov.
Serena and Venus will play on the first day, Thursday, 27 December, along with men’s quarter-finals. The men’s semis are scheduled for 28 December, with the final set to hold the following day.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship is live from Abu Dhabi from 27-29 December.

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Serena Williams to play sister Venus at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Serena Williams will take on elder sister, Venus at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is live from Abu Dhabi from 27-29 December.

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