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Emma Raducanu takes on Serena Williams for first time at Cincinnati tournament; Rafael Nadal returns from injury | Tennis News | NEWSRUX

Emma Raducanu will face Serena Williams for the primary time in her profession after the pair had been drawn to face one another within the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Williams, who will flip 41 subsequent month, indicated this week that she was planning retirement quickly, stating she was ‘evolving away from tennis, towards different issues which might be essential to me’.

The 23-time grand slam champion’s exit from the game might come after the upcoming US Open – the place Britain’s Raducanu might be defending the title she gained as an unseeded 18-year-old a 12 months in the past.

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 09: Emma Raducanu returns the ball during her National Bank Open tennis tournament first round match on August 9, 2022, at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
Emma Raducanu suffered a first-round exit by the hands of Camila Giorgi in Toronto

Earlier than then, the pair will meet for the primary time in Cincinnati on Monday, with the winner of the first-round conflict taking over both Victoria Azarenka or Kaia Kanepi within the subsequent spherical.

Williams – additionally a young person when she claimed the primary of her six titles at Flushing Meadows in 1999 – was tearful following her second-round exit to Belinda Bencic on the Nationwide Financial institution Open in Toronto on Wednesday, saying: “I am horrible at goodbyes.”

Raducanu went out within the first spherical of the match, shedding 7-6, 6-2 to defending champion Camila Giorgi following her quarter-final loss to Liudmila Samsonova at Washington’s Citi Open.

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In the meantime, within the males’s Cincinnati match, Rafael Nadal returns to the court docket for the primary time since struggling an stomach tear that compelled him to withdraw from the semi-finals at Wimbledon in July.

The Spaniard has been given a bye to the second spherical, whereas British primary Cameron Norrie – who’s seeded ninth – will tackle Denmark’s Holger Rune within the first spherical.

Dan Evans faces Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic on the similar stage, whereas Andy Murray should overcome Taro Daniel of Japan within the qualifying spherical to achieve the primary draw.

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