Abu Dhabi WTA 500 Thursday's Schedule of Play with top stars in action

The second day at the Abu Dhabi Women's Tennis Open promises to be a great spectacle as we will see some of the brightest stars in action.

On Thursday, the top eight seeded players at the Abu Dhabi Women's Tennis Open will play their first match of the 2021 season and alongside them there will be many more young stars on the courts such as Nadia Podoroska and Coco Gauff.

The action will kick-off at 10:00 in Abu Dhabi (7:00 CET). The sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina will take on qualifier, Lucrezia Stefanini on the centre court. On the Court 1, 2020 Roland Garros semifinalist, Nadia Podoroska will play against Sara Sorribes Tormo.

But there will be much more to see on the courts in Abu Dhabi during the day. Aryna Sabalenka, who is the fourth-seeded will play against Polona Hercog on the centre court, while no. 8, Marketa Vondrousova will take on Su-Wei Hsieh on Court 1 with the best still to come.

The first-seeded Sofia Kenin will meet Zhaoxuan Yang in the third match on the centre court while Elise Mertens will play against Alizé Cornet. The Spanish ace, Garbine Muguruza will try to kick-off her season in style against Kristina Mladenovic.

Also the fans' favourite and talented youngster Coco Gauff will be in action. She will take on Ulrikke Eikeri from Norway. The last two matches of the day will see the 2nd and 3rd seeded player on the centre court. First, no. 3 Karolina Pliskova will meet Sorana Cirstea and after that, Elina Svitolina will try to start the 2021 season with a victory over Jessica Pegula.

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WTA Abu Dhabi Thursday's Schedule of Play:

07:00 Bondarenko K. (Ukr) - Wang Y. (Chn)

07:00 Rus A. (Ned) - Wang Xiy. (Chn)
07:00 Sorribes Tormo S. (Esp) - Podoroska N. (Arg)
07:00 Stefanini L. (Ita) - Rybakina E. (Kaz)
08:30 Kostyuk M. (Ukr) - Hradecka L. (Cze)
08:30 Sabalenka A. (Blr) - Hercog P. (Slo)
08:30 Sasnovich A. (Blr) - Bondar A. (Hun)
08:30 Vondrousova M. (Cze) - Hsieh S-W. (Tpe)
10:00 Kenin S. (Usa) - Yang Z. (Chn)
10:00 Mertens E. (Bel) - Cornet A. (Fra)
10:00 Muchová K. (Cze) - Kovinic D. (Mne)
10:00 Turati B. (Ita) - Shvedova Y. (Kaz)
11:30 Gauff C. (Usa) - Eikeri U. (Nor)
11:30 Mladenovic K. (Fra) - Muguruza G. (Esp)
11:30 Zidansek T. (Slo) - Brady J. (Usa)
13:00 Cirstea S. (Rou) - Pliskova Ka. (Cze)
13:00 Watson H. (Gbr) - Burrage J. (Gbr)
14:30 Barthel M. (Ger) - Gasanova A. (Rus)
14:30 Pegula J. (Usa) - Svitolina E. (Ukr)
14:30 Zvonareva V. (Rus) - Hesse A. (Fra)


Which of the top-seeded players will stumble on Thursday?

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