BREAKING NEWS: Serena Williams earns a blockbuster tie against US Open winner and British teen sensation Emma Raducanu in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati… as the 23-time Grand Slam winner moves closer to her retirement
- This comes a few days after Serena announced her impending retirement
- She competes against reigning US Open champion Raducanu
- This is William’s last non-major tennis tournament of her competitive career
Serena Williams will not have an easy time at her last non-major tennis event of her competitive career.
The 23-time Major winner has tied the reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu at the Cincinnati Masters starting this weekend.
This comes just days after Williams said she would be retiring after this year’s US Open.
The winner of that first-round encounter will face either Victoria Azarenka, ranked 20th, or Kaia Kanepi, ranked 31st.
Serena was honored by the Toronto crowd after being eliminated at the Canadian Open
Williams is playing her last non-major tennis tournament
Williams announced her retirement just before the start of the Canadian Open, where she lost in the second round to 12th-ranked Swiss Belinda Bencic.
While this tournament represents that blockbuster draw, the eyes of the tennis world will be drawn towards the end of the month as the world’s best flock to Queens.
This upcoming US Open will mark 23 years since she first won at Flushing Meadows.
Serena won the 1999 edition of the Open aged just 17, the first major in a long and eventful career.
During that time she won a record 23 major championships, the most of any in the open era and second most of any era behind Margaret Court.
Her dominance of the Queens courts ranks her alongside Chris Evert for most titles in the Open era.
The last major final Serena reached was the 2019 US Open, where she lost to Canada’s Bianca Andreescu.
Tickets for the Open’s opening day have been in hot demand, although no one knows when Serena’s first game will take place.
While Williams will be a favorite to win this game, given their recent record, fans might be more cautious about buying second-round tickets.
Serena has only been eliminated three times before the quarterfinals at the US Open.
However, in her last two major appearances – both at Wimbledon – she fell in the first lap.
Williams surprised the sports world on Tuesday, announcing her retirement from tennis to focus on her other business interests and building her family.