Photo recap: Favorites progress to third round in Abu Dhabi on Friday

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The first half of second-round action completed at the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open on Friday. It was a successful day for favorites at this WTA 500 event and photographer Jimmie48 was on the courts from start to finish.

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia

Playing Abu Dhabi on a career-high ranking of No.31, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia faced no break points in the second and third sets to overcome Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko 5-7 6-3 6-2, firing a total of 11 aces in the match. With daughter Eva supporting her from the stands, Bondarenko converted two out of ten break points in the first set.

The 15th-seeded Jabeur has now reached the third round or better in seven of the last eight tournaments she’s played.

Veronika Kudermetova of Russia

Beautiful blue courts, palm trees and the skills of our Jimmie48. This is our photo of the day. Veronika Kudermetova defeated Bianca Turati 6-2 6-1.

Sofia Kenin of the United States

This is Sofia Kenin warming up for her today’s second-round match against Kirsten Flipkens. Another stunning photo with palm trees. The orange colors of Fila’s Mad for Plaid collection look great in the sunny Abu Dhabi setting.

The top-seeded American advanced this Friday, but it was not a pleasant victory, as her opponent Kirsten Flipkens suffered a left ankle injury during the second set and had to retire at 5-7 5-4.

Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium

Fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5 6-4 in Friday’s second-round match and recorded her eleventh straight victory that includes back-to-back titles in the end of 2020.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus

Yulia Putintseva defeated Barbora Krejcikova 6-4 7-5.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan

Late in the day, Alize Cornet couldn’t handle Paula Badosa‘s outstanding performance and lost 6-4 6-4.

Alize Cornet of France

I’m also adding these nice black-and-white warm-up photos.

Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia & Sofia Kenin of the United States before their doubles match at the 2021 Abu Dhabi WTA Womens Tennis Open WTA 500 tournament.
Donna Vekic of Croatia before her doubles match at the 2021 Abu Dhabi WTA Womens Tennis Open WTA 500 tournament.
Donna Vekic of Croatia before her doubles match at the 2021 Abu Dhabi WTA Womens Tennis Open WTA 500 tournament.

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