The Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) added a new name onto the winner's trophy as world number 14 Kevin Anderson defeated Spain's world number 20 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) at Zayed Sports City to conclude a landmark 10th edition of the tennis event. Handing over the trophy marked the culmination of three days of tennis excellence which included clinics, activations, and of course, lots of on-court action.
In the Championship match, the big-serving Anderson, who was in red hot form throughout the three days, continued his powering run as he broke Bautista Agut in the very first service game before going on to win the set in just 37 minutes.
The second set proved to be a far tighter affair as the Spaniard found his range. He broke Anderson in the second game, but the 6'8" South African used his serve to good effect as he broke right back. The contest then went on serve and in the tie-break, it was an absolute masterclass from Anderson as he took charge with aggressive play from the baseline to wrap up the set and match 7-6 (7-0).
Also on the roster of tennis stars for the event was Serena Williams, making her return to tennis in a special exhibition match after an 11-month hiatus to give birth to her daughter. She and 20-year-old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko played the first ever women's match of the tournament. Ostapenko notched the win 6-2, 3-6. (10-5).
Williams said, "It felt good to be back out there. I miss playing, I missed the competition, the crowd and the atmosphere. I'm taking it one day at a time. In the beginning, it was a little tough. But as the match moved on I was less afraid. The more I played, the more confident I felt. I think this was a wonderful opportunity for me to kind of test and see where I am not only physically but also mentally. I think it was perfect."
Earlier in the day, Austrian world number 5 Dominic Thiem and Spain's world number 10 Pablo Carreño Busta played out an exhibition match as both players prepared for the Australian Open. Thiem went on to win 6-3, 6-4 with the help of 11 aces in just over an hour. Andrey Rublev and Andy Murray also appeared at the event.
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