Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic will replace American Amanda Anisimova in the women's match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. The American teen, who had a breakthrough on the WTA circuit in 2019, was scheduled to play the former World No.
1, Maria Sharapova, on Day 1 of the exhibition event, which is taking place December 19-21 at the Zayed Sports City International Tennis Centre but an injury has led to her withdrawal. Tomljanovic commented, “I’ve heard amazing things about Abu Dhabi and the Championship, and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of this crowd against MariaIt will give the perfect challenge ahead of a big season."
Tomljanovic recently reached the final of the Fed Cup event in November as part of the Australian team and is a four-time finalist on the WTA Tour. Anisimova said she was disappointed to withdraw from the event. “It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
I was looking forward so much to coming to Abu Dhabi and I hope to make the trip in the future." The exhibition's first day will see ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas take on World No. 10 Gael Monfils in the first match, followed by World No.
4 Daniil Medvedev taking on South Korea's Chung Hyeon. The winners of those matches advance to meet Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal respectively. The men's matches will be followed by the women's match between Sharapova and Tomljanovic.