Radwanska looking to repeat past success in Dubai

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The Pole No6 has arrived in Dubai off the back of a second-round exit at the Australian Open and last 16 loss at the Qatar Open.

As such, Radwanska is more than happy to return to the Aviation Club this week – the venue where she won the title back in 2012.

“It’s always great to come back to a place where you’ve held the trophy before, but it doesn’t get easier, there’s always a strong draw here. You have to start from the beginning but I hope I can hold the trophy once again,” the 27-year-old told Sport360.

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Kerber wants to get winning feeling again in Dubai

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Top seed Angelique Kerber wants to put a shaky start to 2017 behind her and get that winning feeling again at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The German, who won two Grand Slam titles last year, has struggled to find her best form this term – exiting the Australian Open in the fourth round as defending champion last month.

However, interestingly, Kerber (7,115 ranking points) can reclaim the No1 ranking spot from Melbourne champion Serena Williams (7,780) if she goes all the way and lifts the trophy for the very first time at the Aviation Club this week.

“I will try and find ways to win a lot of matches again,” the 29-year-old, who has only won one of her last five draw matches in the Emirate, told Sport360 ahead of her first match on Monday.


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UAE youngsters get a taste for tennis at DDFT Kids' Day

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Hundreds of kids enjoyed a morning of tennis at the WTA J

Children from schools across the UAE enjoyed the WTA J.P. Morgan Kids’ Day which included a tennis clinic for all ages and skill levels, entertainment, photo opportunities and a meet and greet with some top WTA players.

The two hour long session was led by tennis coaches from the Clark Francis Tennis Academy and gave children an opportunity to learn about the sport and either ignite their passion for tennis or learn some new skills.

WTA players Christina McHale and Lauren Davis were special guests, giving youngsters in attendance tips on how to improve their game before taking part in a Q&A session and having a hit with the budding players.  

“This morning was a lot of fun, I love interacting with kids and there were some great hitters out there, some had a lot of power. It’s great to be here and I’m really looking forward to this year’s tournament” said Davis.

Mohammed, aged 11 from GEMS School Royal Dubai School, was one of the many children to enjoy the day. 

“I had a great time this morning, I’ve been playing tennis for a long time but I had a break and now I think I’ll take it back up again,” he said.

Tournament director, Salah Talak, added: “The number of kids that take part in our sessions continues to grow year on year and this showcases the passion for the sport.

“We are committed to supporting the development of the sport in the region and we hope to see many of today’s budding tennis players become stars in the future like their idols.”

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships runs from Sunday until March 4 and tickets for every day of the event, including the finals, are still available from the Dubai Tennis Stadium box office which opens from 9am to 9pm daily.

Tickets are also available online via http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/en/tickets.

For further information about tickets, prices and the tournament visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

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