October 6, 2022

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Raducano ousts Serena in the opening round in Cincinnati

Raducano ousts Serena in the opening round in Cincinnati

Mason, Ohio – Emma Radocano outplayed Serena Williams in a highly anticipated opening match Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open.

Raducanu was dominant from the start, breaking Williams in the opener before winning 6-4 6-0.

The 40-year-old Williams, who announced that she would be stepping away from tennis after the US Open, was competing in only her fourth game of the season. The 23-times major champion won her first match in over a year last week at the National Bank Open, defeating Nuria Barezas Diaz in straight sets before losing to Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

On Tuesday, Williams struggled to find her rhythm. Raducano, 19, played clean tennis throughout the match. Raducanu fired one unforced error to net eight winners in the first set, while Williams fouled 12 to netted 11 winners. Raducanu Williams broke twice in the opening set to build a quick 4-1 lead before Williams scored her first and only break point of the match. Williams managed to cut the difference, but Radocano calmly sent the first set after 39 minutes.

With a group in hand, the Briton raced away in the second set to clinch her 12th win of the season, not making any unintended fouls to close out the match. She will face former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the second round.

“I think we all need to honor Serena and her amazing career,” Radocano told the crowd after the match. “I am so grateful for the experience I was able to play and to cross our career path. Everything I have achieved is so inspiring and it was a real honor to be on the court.”

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Match stats: Raducanu only made one unforced error in the match while scoring 14 winners. Williams finished with 19 winners, including 7 aces, plus 19 unforced errors.

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