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At Cincinnati's Western and Southern Open, Emma Raducanu defeats Serena Williams in straight sets
At Cincinnati's Western and Southern Open, Emma Raducanu defeats Serena Williams in straight sets
At Cincinnati's Western and Southern Open, Emma Raducanu defeats Serena Williams in straight sets
Tennis At Cincinnati's Western and Southern Open, Emma Raducanu defeats Serena Williams in...

At Cincinnati’s Western and Southern Open, Emma Raducanu defeats Serena Williams in straight sets

Western and Southern Open: At the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Emma Raducanu defeated tennis legend, Serena Williams, with a score of 6-4, 6-0, and emerged victorious in a generational match.

The 15-year-old Raducanu, who won the tournament at Flushing Meadows as a 150th-ranked qualifier last year, put up a commanding performance against Williams, winning 6-4 6-0 in just over an hour.

Prior to being eliminated early from the Canadian Open, American Williams revealed her impending retirement last week, claiming that she was “growing away from tennis.” Romanian Raducanu called being paired with Williams a “gift.”

“The chances to play her may be one of the last opportunities I get to play her,” Raducanu said. “You have to cherish the moment, and you’re going to have this memory for the rest of your career.”

Although the competition at this level, according to Raducanu, is always of a high calibre, defeating Williams took something extra.

“Playing Serena and managing to win, I’m obviously really proud of myself, and it does give me confidence [ahead of the US Open],” she told reporters.

“Each of those wins kind of build confidence regardless of the level you’re playing, every single win counts. But of course, this one more so, because you’re playing like the greatest. But I’m not trying to get too high or too low right now.”

The Belarusian Victoria Azarenka is the opponent Raducanu will face next. The 19-year-old British player noted that this is another chance for her to learn from “a great champion.”

“I remember more recently when she was playing in the US Open and made the final in 2020. I was studying for my exams,” she added. “I hadn’t played tennis in months, and I was just dreaming that one day I’m going to play on Ashe, and one day I’m going to be at that level and playing these great players myself. Everything felt so far away.

“Obviously with the last year I have had, getting great exposure to these great players, and every time you get to play them, you get to learn from them as well and what they do really well that has helped them in their careers.”

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