Serena Williams is scheduled to join a top-10 field at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.
The 2007 Australian Open champion, who withdrew from last week's Open Gaz de France in Paris citing gum surgery, has joined 2008 Australian Open champ Maria Sharapova, World No. 1 Justine Henin, finalist Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Dubai field.
In her previous appearance in 2005 she reached the semifinals, but then retired against Jankovic with an injury. Now she’s returning to Dubai to make a second attempt to claim that elusive title. “I do remember I had a splendid time and the fun I had off the court going to the Gold Souk and Wild Wadi and just hanging out,” said Williams.
“Serena Williams is one of the biggest stars in the world of tennis, and her reputation has been well earned,” said Colm McLoughlin, managing director of tournament owners and organizers Dubai Duty Free. “We are delighted that she once again included Dubai in her busy schedule and wish her well.” Play begins on February 25th.