The Williams sisters put up an entertaining display at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi today, with the elder of the two, Venus coming out on top, 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
The match, which is the only women’s contest in the exhibition event, spanned 90 mimutes and proved to be a relaxed affair with the two sisters smiling and sharing comments with each other.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Venus. “We both went out there and tested our games.”
“I wish I had a few more matches here. I think there should be a women’s tournament,” the 38-year-old added.
For Serena, it was a first match since that controversial US Open final against Naomi Osaka in September. The 23-time Grand Slam champion will now seek to have a good start to the 2019 season as she’s said she’s “feeling good” ahead of the new season.
In the other matches played, 22-year-old Karen Khachanov defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6, 6-3 to set up a semifinal showdown with Novak Djokovic. Khachanov had defeated Djokovic to lift the Paris Masters title in November and will seek to get one over the world number one again on Friday.
Elsewhere, defending champion, Kevin Anderson booked a semifinal contest against Rafael Nadal after he rallied from a set down to beat South Korea’s Hyeon Chung 6-7, 6-2, 6-1.