Naomi Osaka and Ons Jabeur have delighted tennis fans having announced they will team up for doubles at the Abu Dhabi Open following their Australian Open disappointment. Osaka made her long awaited grand slam return at the Australian Open having taken a year off after giving birth to her first child.
The four-time grand slam winner played well in the lead-up tournaments having looked impressive in the Brisbane International. But Osaka was unfortunate to come up against No.16 seed Carolina Garcia in the first round of the Australian Open where she was knocked out in straight sets.
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Since the elimination, Osaka is expected to make a strong return at a number of big tennis events on the calendar. Jabeur was left shocked when 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva blasted the Tunisian off the court in one of her heaviest defeats at a grand slam.
Despite both tennis stars losing in the first week of the tournament, the duo have appeared to quickly move on and will team-up in the doubles in Abu Dhabi. Osaka hasn't played doubles in six years and obviously found it too hard to say no to Jabeur with the pair offered a wild card entry into the main draw.
The duo have never played together, but have faced each other just once in singles. Osaka is currently ranked World No.759 as she attempts to make a comeback in singles after a year away from the sport.
Jabeur is World No.6 and will be hoping to find her form again so she can make another run at a Roland Garros or the Wimbledon title in 2024. Fans were left thrilled after the announcement and praised the duo after the rare doubles announcement.
Awesome news for tennis fans in Abu Dhabi:
Ons Jabeur and Naomi Osaka will team up for doubles at next week’s Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open! pic.twitter.com/ZTreeF8hgb
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) January 29, 2024
Im in shock lol ! Naomi really coming out of her shell 👏. Let's go girls !!
— Sunset vibes 222 (@Sunsetvibes222) January 29, 2024
Well that’s a curve ball 👀
— Sweet Emma (@EmmaRaducant) January 29, 2024
OMG I didn’t expect this genuis move by Naomi
— #1 Roger Goaterer Stan (@Aleeexanderrrrr) January 29, 2024
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One such player who has continued her 2023 form is Aryna Sabalenka. The Belarusian went on to win the Australian Open and she did it in dominant fashion.
Sabalenka joins greats Barty (2022), Serena Williams (2017), Maria Sharapova (2008) and Lindsay Davenport (2000) as only the fifth woman this century to win the Australian Open without dropping a set. She achieved the title in the second most dominant fashion having only dropped 31 games.
Although this still falls short of Barty's 2022 run with the four-time grand slam champion only dropping an incredible 30 games on her way to victory. But in 2024, the Belarusian achieved the feat in such dominant fashion that she even left herself speechless.
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