Sports to watch this week: Jan. 11-15

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Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ding Junhui (Masters snooker 2021)

Seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will face China's top player Ding Junhui in the first round of the 2021 Betfred Masters.

China's Ding Junhui (L) reacts during the first session of the quarterfinal match against England's Ronnie O'Sullivan at the World Snooker Championships 2017 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Britain, on April 25, 2017. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

The first major silverware of the new year will be contested for by most of the world's best players.

O'Sullivan, who has lifted the trophy on seven previous occasions, has won all four times he and Ding have met at the Masters, including the 2007 final and 2019 semi-final. The match will take place on Wednesday.

Date: Jan. 13

Place: Milton Keynes, England

Abu Dhabi WTA Women's Tennis Open

The 2021 WTA season kicks off with the Abu Dhabi WTA Women's Tennis Open, a WTA 500 tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

Led by reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, the top players aim to make the most of a non-traditional start to the 2021 season.

Four top 10 players including world No. 4 Sofia Kenin, No. 5 Elina Svitolina, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, and No. 10 Aryna Sabalenka top the field at the event.

Date: Jan. 6-13

Place: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Burnley vs Manchester United

Manchester United have the chance to go top of the Premier League when they travel to Burnley on Tuesday evening. 

Manchester United's Victor Lindelof (R) vies with Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, Britain, on Nov. 7, 2020. Manchester United won 3-1. (Xinhua)

Liverpool's recent slip-ups in the league mean United now sit level on points with the current champions, while also boasting a game in hand.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have lost only once at Turf Moor in 13 visits, a run that dates back to 1968. Paul Pogba looks set to start for the first time since September after Scott McTominay injured his knee against Newcastle.

Date: Jan. 12

Place: Turf Moor, Burnly

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