The first-spherical draw for the Cincinnati Masters has thrown up a box office clash concerning reigning US Open winner Emma Raducanu and retiring legend Serena Williams.
The 40-year-previous is the most profitable tennis player in the Open up Era and has used 319 weeks as the entire world No. 1.
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She will encounter Excellent Britain’s teenage star Raducanu, 19 many years her junior, for the very first time at the Masters 1000 occasion in Cincinnati, the last end in advance of the remaining Grand Slam of the time at Flushing Meadows.
The American earned her initial win of the period in Canada, beating Spain’s Nuris Parrizas Diaz 6-3 6-4, but went out in straight sets to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the 2nd spherical.
“As I explained in the report, I’m horrible at goodbyes. But, goodbye Toronto,” a tearful Williams mentioned following the defeat.
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Raducanu’s disappointing year ongoing in Canada with a to start with-round 6-7 2-6 exit to defending winner Camila Giorgi.
The 19-12 months-aged attained a breathtaking US Open up victory last yr, becoming the first woman British Grand Slam winner since Virginia Wade in 1977 just after battling as a result of qualifying to win it without having dropping a established in just the next major look of her occupation.
Nevertheless, she has struggled for fitness and variety in 2022, failing to make it earlier the second spherical at the Australian Open, French Open up or Wimbledon and finding no even more than the third round in 5 WTA 1000 appearances.
Questioned about Williams pursuing her defeat in Canada, Raducanu reported: “She certainly modified the game.
“There’s not actually been someone who’s dominated like her in the women’s match so she definitely did transform a whole lot in that regard.”
The winner of Raducanu’s clash with Williams will encounter Victoria Azarenka or Kaia Kanepi in the second spherical.
Elsewhere in the attract, world No.1 Iga Swiatek and the rest of the prime 8 seeds have gained byes to the second spherical.
The Pole will facial area either Sloane Stephens or Alize Cornet in the next spherical and will be seeking to bounce back soon after she endured a shock exit to Haddad Maia in a marathon match in Toronto.
Wild card entry Venus Williams was drawn towards 14th seed Karolina Pliskova, whilst former US Open up champions Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu open up up in opposition to China’s Zhang Shuai and Italy’s Giorgi respectively.
The action in Cincinnati begins on Monday, 15 August and concludes on 21 August. The US Open up in New York normally takes put from 29 August-11 September.
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Source: Euro Sports