Fan favorite Ons Jabeur withdraws from Dubai Tennis Championships with knee injury

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DUBAI: Fresh from claiming a historic third successive title at last week’s WTA Tour event in Doha, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek is optimistic she can carry her dominant form into this week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. A beaten finalist in Dubai 12 months ago, the Pole recovered from a chastening straight sets defeat … Read more

Arab sports star Ons Jabeur set to wow fans at Dubai Tennis Championships

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Bahrain’s Hamad Al-Janahi wins 160km Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup ALULA: Bahrain’s Hamad Al-Janahi on Sunday claimed the 2024 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup’s CEI 3 competition in 8 hours, 27 minutes, 8 seconds, bringing the two-day event to a close. “Winning here today means so much — it’s such a … Read more

Ons Jabeur too strong for Emma Raducanu at Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open

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A facet of franchise cricket is the merry-go-round of players between tournaments. In the DP World ILT20 this has reached a crescendo toward the end of the group stage. Last week’s column highlighted the four high-profile Pakistani players who were recruited by the Desert Vipers. Their impact on the team’s performance may not have been … Read more

Ons Jabeur ‘happy’ to be at Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open as she prepares for another shot at Wimbledon title

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ABU DHABI: The last couple of months have admittedly been “surreal” for Saudi tennis player Yara Alhogbani. The 19-year-old got to witness live tennis matches between Ons Jabeur and Aryna Sabalenka, and Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz, at home in Riyadh, for the very first time. She interacted with the stars and was given the … Read more

Ons Jabeur backs Saudi Arabia after criticism from tennis greats

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Didier Drogba hails the development of Saudi football, movement of African players to the Kingdom JEDDAH: Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba has hailed the development of Saudi football, saying the Kingdom can look forward to a “very positive future” after attracting top international players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, as well as African … Read more

Ons Jabeur to partner Naomi Osaka in doubles at Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open

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DUBAI: The world’s top 10 players have all confirmed they will play at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which includes No. 1 Iga Swiatek and No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka. Swiatek, who suffered a shock defeat to teenager Linda Noskova at the Australian Open, will be looking to avenge the final defeat she suffered … Read more

Tennis champion Ons Jabeur teams up with Saudi brand Kayanee

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LONDON: Kevin De Bruyne made his long-awaited return for Manchester City as the FA Cup holders thrashed Huddersfield 5-0 in the third round on Sunday. Belgium midfielder De Bruyne had been sidelined since tearing his hamstring during City’s Premier League opener against Burnley in August. He finally got back in action as a 57th minute substitute … Read more

Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka clinches fourth win against Ons Jabeur, seals match in two hours

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SYDNEY: Rafael Nadal returns from a “winding, tortuous” injury journey in Brisbane this week, while fellow superstar Novak Djokovic kickstarts his bid for an unprecedented 11th Australian Open title at Perth. It appeared last season that the veterans, with 46 Grand Slam crowns between them, may never share a competitive court again. But the prospect … Read more

Ashleigh Plumptre wants to meet ‘inspirational’ Ons Jabeur at Olympics

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LONDON: Ashleigh Plumptre, the intrepid Al-Ittihad center-back, admits she is not easily starstruck, but there is one sportswoman, that if they were to meet, would make her quite “nervous.” Since arriving in Saudi Arabia in September, she has not rushed to seek autographs or take selfies with icons such as Karim Benzema or N’Golo Kante, … Read more