Serena Williams takes another step toward retirement in Cincinnati;  Alcaraz and Kyrgios advance

Serena Williams takes another step toward retirement in Cincinnati; Alcaraz and Kyrgios advance

August 16, 2022, 23:39 PM

August 16, 2022, 23:39 PM

Increasingly closer to its announced withdrawal, the American Serena Williams was swept this Tuesday by the young British Emma Raducanu in his premiere at the Cincinnati tournament, where his sister Venus and the Japanese Naomi Osaka also said goodbye.

In the men’s branch, of the Master 1000 category, Spain scored the pass of Carlos Alcaraz but he conceded the eliminations of Albert Ramos, Alejandro Davidovich and Pablo Carreño, brand new champion on Sunday of the Montreal Master 1000.

The most anticipated duel of the day by the fans of Cincinnati (Ohio) was the generational clash between Serena Williams, 40 years oldand Emma Raducanu, 19, who beat her idol 6-4, 6-0 in just 65 minutes of play.

Williams tries to enjoy the last matches of her legendary career, with 23 Grand Slam tournaments in his showcase, which could close after his participation in the United States Open that starts on August 29.

The defender of this Grand Slam title will be Raducanu herself, who on Tuesday overcame the pressure to deliver one of his best performances since his stunning 2021 win at Flushing Meadows, New York.

“I was nervous from the first point to the last”, Raducanu later recognized.

“We all have to honor Serena and her incredible career (…) I am very grateful for the experience of playing against her and because our careers have crossed”, said this player born in 2002, the year in which Williams had already reached world number one and won four Grand Slam titles .

Williams, playing just her fourth match of 2022, gave up her serve on the first two opportunities, facilitating Raducanu won the first set in 39 minutes.

The British then stepped on the accelerator before a Williams who was fainting and that, after losing the second set in white, he quickly left the track saying goodbye to his fans with a smile.

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