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Sports picture of the day: Venus Williams in Dubai



The WTA tournament in Dubai has been a big talking point this week, after Israeli player Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the UAE and was forced to pull out (click here for Pritha Sarkar’s blog on the issue) and┬áSports Pictures Editor Greg Bos has chosen a frame from the tournament as his picture of the day. Over to Greg:

I like this tennis picture taken by Jumana El Heloueh in Dubai for its shape and simplicity. It’s a nice action moment – albeit without the ball – shot from a high angle with a nice clean background and lots of space to one side.

Here’s the original caption: Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Alize Cornet of France during their match on the fourth day of the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships February 18, 2009. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

For the previous day’s picture, click here

Pressure will be on ATP if Ram visa is denied


peerIf Israel’s Shahar Peer had been competing in the 1970s, it is likely that her fellow players
would have rallied around her and boycotted this week’s Dubai Championships after she was denied a visa to enter the UAE.

Since the United Arab Emirates has no diplomatic links with Israel, Peer was denied a visa into the country and had to forfeit her place in the Dubai draw.