Serena Williams OUT OF Cincinnati Masters after 6-4, 6-0 loss to Emma Raducanu – Daily Mail

It was a quick goodbye for Serena Williams in Cincinnati after Emma Raducanu beat her

Serena Williams knew defeat was a possibility against Emma Raducanu at the Cincinnati Open. But she would never have anticipated that it would be as brutal as this.

The 19-year-old US Open champion swept aside the retiring Williams in an hour and five minutes, winning 6-4 6-0 in a ruthless and composed display. It was one of the best performances Raducanu has given since winning the US Open last year.

There were no words of farewell or tears on the court in Williams’ aftermath, unlike in Toronto last week when she lost to Belinda Bencic.

She promptly gathered her things and walked away from the court with a wave to the crowd, who were still cheering her on as if she had won, refusing a court appearance.

Williams struggled to find her pace – her back often let her down and gave easy points to Raducanu. Her serve wasn’t great either and she roared in rage at times in the first set when another double fault gave Raducanu a break point.

But there were still flashes of her greatness, the fighting spirit and that pure, brutal forehand power that propelled her to an astonishing 23 Grand Slam victories.

It was a quick goodbye for Serena Williams in Cincinnati after Emma Raducanu beat her

It was a quick goodbye for Serena Williams in Cincinnati after Emma Raducanu beat her

Raducanu applauded her opponent away after a commanding victory in Cincinnati

Raducanu applauded her opponent away after a commanding victory in Cincinnati

The 40-year-old quickly left the court after a ruthless Raducanu defeated her.

The 40-year-old quickly left the court after a ruthless Raducanu defeated her.

Raducanu produced one of her best displays of the year to defeat Williams 6-4, 6-0

Raducanu produced one of her best displays of the year to defeat Williams 6-4, 6-0

The crowd was right behind Williams, but they couldn't cheer her to victory on Tuesday

The crowd was right behind Williams, but they couldn’t cheer her to victory on Tuesday

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams after the match and said it was an honor to play her

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams after the match and said it was an honor to play her

At 4-1 down in the first set and 40-15 behind, Williams dominated the next few points on her forehand alone and simultaneously whipped the crowd into a frenzy as she took the game.

But it was here that Raducanu responded so well. Her shot selection was smart, her own forehand was also good and she responded to being broken – and Williams then holding with some powerful serving – holding to love.

Raducanu never allowed Williams, or the crowd, to build momentum during the match. She hit 14 winners with just one unforced error.

– I actually didn’t know that statistic. I think we all have to honor Serena and her amazing career,’ Raducanu said later. ‘I’m so grateful for the experience of playing her and for our careers crossing over. It was an honor to share the court with her.

– The atmosphere tonight was amazing. Even when you guys (the crowd) were cheering for her, I was all for it!

“I was nervous from the first point to the last point, she can come back from anything and I was glad I could keep my composure.”

But if Raducanu actually felt nervous, no one could tell. It was a laser-focused performance from the 19-year-old, who looked in the zone from the moment she crossed paths with Williams in the corridor outside the changing rooms.

Williams in particular seemed to struggle with her backhand and her serve on Tuesday

Williams in particular seemed to struggle with her backhand and her serve on Tuesday

Williams' best shots came on her forehand - she still showed flashes of her size

Williams’ best shots came on her forehand – she still showed flashes of her size

The tennis fans in Cincinnati were out in force to cheer Williams against Raducanu

The tennis fans in Cincinnati were out in force to cheer Williams against Raducanu

But the 19-year-old has been in magnificent form as she prepares for her US Open defence

But the 19-year-old has been in magnificent form as she prepares for her US Open defence

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams after the match and said it was an honor to play her

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams after the match and said it was an honor to play her

For the tennis fans based in the UK, think of it as Wimbledon in reverse. The crowd was absolutely united behind Serena, as Raducanu said – with every point she won cheering like it won her a game or a set.

“Serena the GOAT” and “Long live the Queen” read the signs that were waved up when Williams was announced and walked onto court.

Maybe that suited Raducanu. There haven’t been many times since she won the US Open where she wasn’t the center of attention but here, against Williams, she was just that. It’s a confidence boosting win for her as she prepares to defend her title.

So it’s one last dance for Williams, at the US Open, although fans are left with the fact that she didn’t explicitly say that Flushing Meadows would be her final tournament. Williams is 0-2 since announcing she would retire.

“Tonight was a match in my eyes, to be able to play the greatest of all time – who knows how many more opportunities we will have to share the court,” Raducanu added. “I think it’s amazing how our careers have overlapped and I thought to myself ‘this is a complete gift, you’re sharing the court with the best of all time. Make the most of it, for the rest of your career you’ll be “remembered as Serena Williams.”‘

Next up for Raducanu is a matchup against another former world No. 1 player, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

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