CINCINNATI: Serena Williams bowed out of the WTA/ATP Cincinnati Masters on the first hurdle on Tuesday, shedding in straight units to US Open champion Emma Raducanu as the tip of her glittering profession looms ever nearer.
Williams, who final week indicated that she is planning to retire after this month’s US Open, was no match for British teenager Raducanu, who romped to a 6-4, 6-Zero win.
The 40-year-old Williams left the court docket swiftly after the defeat with out chatting with tv reporters and didn’t maintain a press convention.
Raducanu broke Williams at first of each units to say victory in what was her first and sure final assembly with the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion.
“I was nervous from the first point to the last,” Raducanu mentioned. “Serena is harmful and may come again from any state of affairs.
“I had to stay focused. I’m so pleased I managed to keep my composure.”
Williams, the winner of titles right here in 2014 and 2015, was competing in solely her fourth match of 2022 after beginning her season at Wimbledon because of harm.
Raducanu introduced her intentions from the beginning with a break to like of Williams and by no means let up.
The younger Briton improved to 14 wins, and 17 defeats since profitable the Open final September from a qualifying begin.
Raducanu in the meantime mentioned she was honoured to be a part of the spectacle on Tuesday in what was one in every of Williams’ ultimate video games as an expert.