Belinda Bencic to meet Emma Raducanu in Abu Dhabi 2021 showdown
Belinda Bencic has been named as the star who will face Emma Raducanu at the prestigious Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi later this year.
The Olympic champion will face the US Open champion in a rematch of their quarter-final encounter at Flushing Meadows, which the British star took in straight sets 6-3 6-4.
The former world number four produced arguably the best tennis of her career to win gold in the singles and silver in the doubles in Tokyo earlier this summer.
“Since we introduced the women’s match in 2017, we have welcomed some of the biggest names in the game to compete in Abu Dhabi,” said John Lickrish, CEO of organisers Flash Entertainment.
“With that legacy in place, the goal for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is to keep evolving to ensure we bring our knowledgeable fans the best, unrivalled experiences.
“With Emma and Belinda confirmed, this year’s match is set to be the most intriguing women’s match in the championship’s history. This is not one to miss.”
The Swiss star, who will be competing in Abu Dhabi for the first time, is eager to come up against Raducanu for a second time as she looks to avenge her defeat.
“When I was offered the opportunity to come and explore Abu Dhabi and all the championship has to offer, I was very excited and happy to do it,” said Bencic.
“It’s great to travel to new places. I’m looking forward to coming, to immerse myself in the many cultures there and interact with all the fans. Emma and I played a great match in New York and I am looking forward to another great battle, this time in Abu Dhabi.”
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