January 28, 2023

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Serena Williams thrashed by Emma Raducanu at Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati


British primary Emma Raducanu put a dampener on Serena Williams’ farewell tour after thrashing the American nice within the Cincinnati Open first spherical.

Williams, 40, plans to retire after the US Open, which begins on 29 August, and misplaced 6-4 6-0 in what is ready to be the penultimate occasion of her profession.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion lacked sharpness and her 19-year-old opponent punished her in a composed show.

Reigning US Open champion Raducanu will play Victoria Azarenka in spherical two.
“I’m so grateful for the expertise to have been capable of play Serena and for our careers to have crossed over,” mentioned world quantity 13 Raducanu, who performed fantastically together with her defence of the Grand Slam title in New York looming.

“Every little thing she has achieved has been so inspirational and it was a real honour to share the courtroom together with her.”

In the meantime, British males’s quantity two Dan Evans misplaced 6-3 6-4 to Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic.

Evans, 32, reached the Montreal semi-finals final week however was unable to maintain that type on the second successive ATP Masters occasion.

Fellow Britons Andy Murray and Cameron Norrie meet within the second spherical at 16:00 BST on Wednesday, adopted on the centre courtroom by Raducanu’s match towards Belarus’ former world primary Azarenka.

Ever since Williams introduced her impending retirement final week – or her evolution away from the game, as she put it – there was the swell of acclaim which her legendary standing deserves.

The respect of the locker room for Williams has been demonstrated within the following days, with world primary Iga Swiatek and Raducanu among the many WTA gamers lavishing reward on the American’s achievements and her legacy.

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4-time main champion Naomi Osaka, who misplaced within the match earlier on Tuesday, cheered on her hero from the stands as Williams took on a participant who was not born when she received her first 4 main titles.

However Williams confirmed, as many nice athletes have prior to now, that point has the knack of exhibiting them up on the phases the place they as soon as dominated.

There had been studies Williams’ preparation was hampered by an harm within the build-up to the match, which was initially marketed to be performed on Monday however then moved again to Tuesday.
Whether or not she was bothered by a bodily drawback or not, Williams was unable to deal with the stress attributable to Raducanu’s serve and groundstrokes.
Now, after waving goodbye to Cincinnati with a smile, the six-time US Open champion should attempt to regroup for what she is going to need to be a extra becoming farewell at Flushing Meadows.