Abu Dhabi Open: Britain’s Emma Raducanu beaten by Ons Jabeur


Britain’s Emma Raducanu’s quest for a spot in the Abu Dhabi Open quarter-finals was halted by second-seeded Ons Jabeur. Raducanu, aged 21, entered the tournament as a wildcard but faced defeat at the hands of the Tunisian world number six, losing 6-4, 6-1. Despite her surprising triumph at the US Open in 2021, Raducanu returned to Grand Slam competition at the Australian Open last month after undergoing wrist and ankle surgeries, which sidelined her for the final eight months of 2023. Jabeur, aged 29 and a three-time Grand Slam finalist, demonstrated impressive performance, tallying 35 winners and eight aces en route to a commanding victory.

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Although Raducanu briefly threatened a comeback by breaking back and fending off four set points in the first set, Jabeur ultimately secured the opener to love before cruising to a straight-set win. Jabeur advanced to the quarter-finals and is set to face Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia. Meanwhile, British number four Heather Watson is scheduled to compete against Spain’s Cristina Bucsa on Thursday, alongside top seed Elena Rybakina’s return to action against American Danielle Collins.

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