Serena will face Raducanu in Cincinnati

Serena Williams is set to face Cincinnati WTA 1000 first round defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu on the farewell tour of the great lady of American tennis.

Serena Williams, who this week announced her impending retirement from the courts, will face Britain’s Emma Raducanu, surprise winner of the US Open last year, in the first round of the WTA 1000 in Cincinnati, according to the draw made on Friday .

Serena Williams’ penultimate tournament

The tournament held from Monday in Ohio looks set to be the penultimate for the tennis superstar, who is set to bid farewell to Flushing Meadows for the New York Major (August 29-September 11) that she won six times. On Tuesday, she announced on Instagram and in an interview with Vogue magazine that “the countdown is on” regarding the clap of the end of her career, which has been 25 years long and has 23 Grand Slam titles in particular.

“There is a time in life when you have to decide to take a new route. It’s always a difficult moment when you love what you do so much. And God knows I love tennis,” she explained. , saying he wanted to “savor the following weeks”. The 40-year-old American remains on an elimination Wednesday in the second round in Toronto, against the Swiss Belinda Bencic, Olympic champion in Tokyo last year. Two days earlier, she had won her first match of the year, six weeks after her failed return to Wimbledon, beating modest Spaniard Nuria Parrizas Diaz.

Emma Raducanu as opponent and admirer

In Cincinnati, where she has already won twice, she will have the opportunity to compete for the first time against Emma Raducanu, who created the sensation last year, triumphing at the US Open after leaving qualifications, without losing the slightest set.

The 19-year-old Briton, who has since struggled to confirm her status as a new star, did not fail last week to pay tribute to her eldest, “who changed the game”. “There hasn’t really been someone who has dominated women’s tennis like her for so long. That longevity in a career is something that a lot of players, me in particular, aspire to achieve,” she said.

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