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    Serena trounced by Raducanu in Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI (AFP) – Serena Williams bowed out of the WTA/ATP Cincinnati Masters at the first hurdle yesterday, losing in straight sets to United States (US) Open champion Emma Raducanu as the end of her glittering career looms ever closer.

    Williams, who last 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, 6-0 win.

    Williams left the court swiftly after the defeat without speaking to television reporters and did not hold a press conference.

    Raducanu broke Williams at the start of both sets to claim victory in what was her first and likely last meeting with the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion.

    “I was nervous from the first point to the last,” Raducanu said. “Serena is dangerous and can come back from any situation. I had to stay focussed. I’m so pleased I managed to keep my composure.”

    Williams, winner of titles here in 2014 and 2015, was competing in only her fourth match of 2022 after starting her season at Wimbledon due to injury.

    Serena Williams during the Western and Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Centre. PHOTO: AFP

    Raducanu announced her intentions from the start with a break to love of Williams and never let up.

    The young Briton improved to 14 wins, 17 defeats since winning the Open last September from a qualifying start.

    Raducanu meanwhile said she was honoured to be part of the spectacle yesterday in what was one of Williams’ final games as a professional. “We all need to honour Serena and her amazing career,” she said. “I’m so grateful for the experience of playing her and for the fact that our careers have crossed.

    “All she has achieved is inspirational. It’s a true honour to share the court with her.”

    Raducanu never let Williams into the match.

    The young Londoner seeded 10th took a 4-1 lead in the opening set and completely swept the second, advancing on her first match point, an unreturnable serve. Raducanu committed a single unforced error in the opening set compared to a dozen for Williams.

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