January 28, 2023



One other tennis tour defeat for Serena Williams forward U.S. Open


Serena Williams’ farewell tour suffered one other bump within the street with a 6-4 6-0 opening spherical loss to Emma Raducanu on the Cincinnati Open, one of many final tune-up occasions earlier than the ultimate Grand Slam of the American nice’s profession.

Williams has only one skilled match remaining earlier than the U.S. Open, the place she may have one final likelihood to tie Margaret Court docket’s document of 24 Grand Slam titles.

After a sluggish begin within the WTA 1000 occasion in Cincinnati, Williams gave the sold-out crowd one thing to cheer about within the first set when she crushed back-to-back aces to chop reigning U.S. Open champion Raducanu’s result in 4-3.

However the British 19-year-old fired again an ace of her personal to snag the primary set and adopted that up with a break of serve to open the second.

Raducanu rolled on from there, smacking an unreturnable serve on match level to finish their first profession assembly, organising a conflict in opposition to two-time former main winner Victoria Azarenka.

Williams waved to the gang earlier than strolling off courtroom and didn’t communicate to the media later.

“I believe all of us simply have to honour Serena and her wonderful profession,” Raducanu stated on courtroom.

“I’m so grateful for the expertise of attending to play her and for our careers to have crossed over. The whole lot she has achieved is so inspirational and it was a real honour to get to share the courtroom along with her.”

Williams, who will flip 41 subsequent month, was world primary and had already received 4 main titles when Raducanu was born in November 2002. She received her final main in 2017 whereas pregnant along with her daughter Olympia, who was in attendance.

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Earlier within the day, Naomi Osaka’s U.S. Open preparations suffered one other setback as the previous world primary was swept apart 6-4 7-5 by China’s Zhang Shuai.

It was Osaka’s third match again from an Achilles’ tendon harm and it has been a stuttering return to motion for the twice U.S. Open champion, who additionally exited within the opening spherical in Toronto final week, retiring with decrease again ache.

Osaka bought her serve working, firing down 10 aces, however not a lot else, with the four-time Grand Slam winner piling up 29 unforced errors and changing simply one in every of 4 break possibilities.

Zhang subsequent meets Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, who beat Leylah Fernandez, the shedding finalist eventually 12 months’s U.S. Open, on Monday.

American teenager Coco Gauff, runner-up at this 12 months’s French Open, rolled her left ankle late within the first set of her match in opposition to qualifier Marie Bouzkova and finally retired whereas trailing 7-5 1-0.

Amanda Anisimova withdrew from her match in opposition to fellow American Shelby Rogers because of a left ankle harm whereas second seed Anett Kontaveit progressed to the spherical of 16 after a rain-interrupted 3-6 7-5 6-4 win over qualifier Tereza Martincova.

Becoming a member of her was France’s Caroline Garcia, who upset fourth seed Maria Sakkari 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-1.

Swiss Olympic champion Belinda Bencic misplaced 6-2 6-7(3) 6-4 to Romanian Sorana Cirsteain one other upset whereas former world primary Karolina Pliskova registered a 7-5 6-1 victory over 42-year-old Venus Williams.

Two-time main winner Simona Halep, former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and former U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys additionally moved into the second spherical.

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