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This Week in Tennis: Osaka’s Comeback Continues in Abu Dhabi

by Melissa Boyd

February 5, 2024

While Team Canada presented by Sobeys celebrates its impressive 3-1 victory over the Republic of Korea in Montreal this past weekend to book its place in the Davis Cup Finals, the tennis world rolls on with another handful of tournaments taking place around the world.

In addition to Davis Cup, Alexander Bublik earned his fourth ATP title in Montpellier and his second at the event thanks to a victory over Borna Coric in the final. The Kazakhstani, who defeated Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime in the semi-finals and Denis Shapovalov in the second round, became the first player in history to win an ATP Tour event having lost the first set in each of his matches.

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On the WTA Tour, 19-year-old Diana Shnaider captured her first career singles crown after taking out defending champion Zhu Linn in the final of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin. Shnaider is the second teenager to win a WTA title this season, joining world no. 3 Coco Gauff. Meanwhile, Jelena Ostapenko took home her second trophy of the season in Linz after beating Ekaterina Alexandrova in the championship match. This is already the first season since 2017 during which the hard-hitting Latvian has won multiple titles. It was also great to see former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in attendance during finals weekend in Linz.

Strong Draws Across the Board

It promises to be another action-packed week with multiple tournaments happening on both Tours. Elena Rybakina, Ons Jabeur, and Maria Sakkari lead the field at the WTA 500 event in Abu Dhabi. Rybakina could face Naomi Osaka in the second round if the new mom gets past the always-tough Danielle Collins in her opener. Meanwhile, Jabeur will meet the returning Emma Raducanu in round two. The world no. 6 will also team up with Osaka in doubles.

The ATP will be staging a trio of 250 tournaments this week in Marseille, France, Dallas, Texas and Cordoba, Argentina. Hubert Hurkacz and Grigor Dimitrov lead the way in Marseille alongside Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov. Meanwhile, Americans Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, and Ben Shelton are the top seeds in Dallas and Francisco Cerundolo and Sebastian Baez are the main attractions on home soil in Argentina.

Feature photo by: Robert Prange/Getty Images