WWE comes to the United Arab Emirates

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Updated 18 November 2017

WWE comes to the United Arab Emirates

DUBAI: Some of the world’s best wrestlers are set to do battle in the Middle East when they pile-drive their way to the UAE for WWE LIVE Abu Dhabi on Dec. 7 and 8.

The contest in the capital features superstars such as, among others, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Braun Strowman and Sheamus.

“We are excited to bring WWE LIVE back to Abu Dhabi following overwhelming demand from our large, passionate fan base in the region,” said Carlo Nohra, WWE Middle East vice-president and general manager.

“Fans can look forward to a spectacular show of non-stop, family-friendly entertainment for WWE’s only Abu Dhabi show this year.”

Tickets for the event at the Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium are available via PlatinumList.net and UAE Exchange outlets. Ticket prices start at 250 dirhams ($68).

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NIGHT 1: Thursday, Dec. 7
  • The Shield vs Samoa Joe and RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus – Six Man Tag Team Match
  • Sasha Banks vs RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss – RAW Women’s Championship Match
  • Braun Strowman vs Kane
  • Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
  • Kalisto vs WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
  • Jason Jordan vs Elias
  • Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil vs The Miztourage
  • To be there: Gallows and Anderson

NIGHT 2: Friday, Dec. 8

  • Roman Reigns vs Triple H
  • Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus – RAW Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match – 1st time ever
  • Braun Strowman vs Bray Wyatt vs Kane – Triple Threat Match
  • Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe
  • Kalisto vs WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore - WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
  • Jason Jordan vs Bo Dallas w/Curtis Axel
  • Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews vs Gallows and Anderson
  • To be there: Elias

Naomi Osaka shocked as Kristina Mladenovic downs world No. 1 in Dubai

Updated 19 February 2019

Naomi Osaka shocked as Kristina Mladenovic downs world No. 1 in Dubai

  • It was Osaka's first match since she won the Australian Open — her second consecutive Grand Slam title.
  • World No. 67 Mladenovic lost for words after surprise win.

DUBAI: Naomi Osaka stumbled badly in her first match since winning the Australian Open as the world number one went down in a flurry of errors to exit the Dubai Championships on Tuesday.
Dubai-based Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the third round as Osaka made 25 unforced errors.
The rout, which featured seven breaks of the Osaka serve, took barely an hour, sending Mladenovic into a Wednesday contest with Carla Suarez Navarro.
“This is my home tournament, I live here,” world No. 67 Mladenovic said. “It’s great to get a win like this in front of a big crowd.
“Beating the number one is always special.”
The second set was riddled with seven consecutive breaks of serve before Mladenovic finished off the job with a winner to the empty court on match point.
Osaka stunned the tennis world last week by announcing her split from coach Sascha Bajin despite winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the US and Australian Opens.
She said earlier this week that she would not prioritize “success over happiness” when asked about the sacking, and she never looked like winning in Dubai as she also served five double faults.
Earlier on Tuesday, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova both won their opening matches, while Elina Svitolina made a strong start to her bid for a third straight title.
Kvitova, the 2013 winner, recovered from losing a first-set tiebreak to defeat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4 and squeeze into the third round.
Halep, Dubai champion in 2015, saw off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.
The Romanian said she is still feeling the effects of her weekend final defeat in Doha by Elize Mertens.
“It was a good match because I won it. I tried to finish the points faster because I’m a little bit tired,” Halep said.
“She played well, the level was pretty good. At some points I really ran very well. I’m confident. I feel good on court even if I’m tired.”
A third former world number one also advanced as Angelique Kerber beat Dalila Jakupovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
Kvitova, Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, said she was unfazed about the early midday start to her match.
“I don’t really care if I play the first match,” the Australian Open runner-up said. “Now I’m done, so I have a free afternoon.
“I’m not sure what I’m pleased with... maybe with my comeback at the end.”