Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams to Miss First WTA 1000 After Australian Open 2021 Conclusion

Published 01/26/2021, 11:39 PM EST
Serena Williams serves during her match against Venus Williams during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


The Dubai tennis championships is a major WTA event usually played in the middle of February. This year, it is being played in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many have still signed up for the event, but it seems like two players are going to be skipping it this year – Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

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The above is the entry list for the Dubai Championship. As you can see, many of the big names like Bianca Andreescu, Victoria Azarenka, Garbine Muguruza have given their entries. But Osaka and Williams are missing from this list.

Many might find this surprising, as the Dubai Championships is a WTA 1000 event – one of the biggest ones on the Tour. However, this is probably a part of their strategy as the two players want to be available for the ‘Sunshine Double’.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 28: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Catherine McNally of the United States. It was during their Women’s Singles second round match on day three of the 2019 US Open. It was at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. On August 28, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka at the Sunshine Double

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The ‘Sunshine Double’ is a series of two WTA 1000 events – the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open. Both of these tournaments are in the United States and are going to begin on March 11. Since the Dubai Championships begins on the 7th, it would make it difficult for Serena and Naomi to play both events.

Both players have had great records at the ‘Sunshine Double’. They both have been champions at Indian Wells and in Miami; Serena has triumphed an amazing eight times!

This is a lot better than their record at the Dubai Open, where both players have failed to even reach the finals. This is probably why they chose to skip it and will try to win in the United States. Do you think this is a good choice?

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