Serena Williams, Babar Azam, Gabriel Jesus and the Gwadar Cricket Stadium: 25 of the best sports images of the week

We pick out the week's most spectacular images

The world's finest golfers have continued their tour of the Middle East's finest courses this week.

On Sunday, Englishman Paul Casey sealed a four-shot victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The 43-year-old had started the day at Emirates Golf Club with a one-shot lead and managed to extend his advantage to take the honours in Dubai.

Many of those playing in the UAE moved on to the next European Tour competition – the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers.

Before the tournament, all eyes were on Patrick Reed who had seen his win at the Farmers Insurance Open overshadowed by a controversial free drop the American had taken during Round 3.

Another English player, David Horsey, would take the first-round headlines in Saudi after carding a superlative 61 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

The build-up to the already delayed Australian Open grand slam has seen further disruption. While the likes of Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka managed to get much-needed game-time on court, all tournaments in Melbourne ground to a halt after a worker at a hotel where players and officials were staying, contracted Covid-10.

Before the latest delay kicked in, there was still time for Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios to have one of his trademark meltdowns where he refused to play on after an argument with match officials over a time violation while serving at the Murray River Open.

We have picked out 25 stunning images from the last seven days in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next picture click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Published: February 5, 2021 09:34 AM


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