Emma Raducanu shows no mercy and bagels Serena Williams in confidence win ahead of US Open

Emma Raducanu showed her ruthless streak by beating Serena Williams in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters.

The 19-year-old offered the 23-time Grand Slam winner an early exit on her farewell tour, after announcing her intention to retire.


Raducanu showed his class against a struggling Williams

Raducanu took the 6-4 6-0 win in their first and likely last meeting.

The 40-year-old Williams struggled to find consistency in just her fourth game of the season, giving up 12 unforced errors while making just 11 winners.

Raducanu handled the pressure expertly, breaking her opponent twice in the first set as she quickly found her rhythm.

The 19-year-old paid tribute to Williams during her on-pitch interview after the match.

“I think we all have to honor Serena and her amazing career,” she said.

“I’m so grateful that I got to play with her and that our careers crossed paths.

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams retiring after their game in Cincinnati


Raducanu paid tribute to Williams retiring after their game in Cincinnati

Williams wrestled the defending US Open champion

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Williams wrestled the defending US Open champion

“Everything she has accomplished is so inspiring and it was a real honor to share the court with her.”

It would have been a huge confidence boost for Raducanu, who is defending his US Open title later this month.

Her victory sets up a second-round match with another WTA Tour veteran in Victoria Azarenka, who defeated Kaia Kanepi in the first round.

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