MASON, Ohio — Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams took to the court on Tuesday night in her 10th Western & Southern Open against Emma Raducanu.
They faced off in what would be one of Williams’ last matches of her tennis career, with her retirement scheduled for some time after the US Open, scheduled for August 29-September 29. 11.
Raducanu beat Williams in straight sets, just under an hour and a half, in front of a sold-out crowd on center court. It was the first time in 10 appearances in the West and South that Williams lost in their first main draw match. Williams is a two-time winner of the Western & Southern Open.
Raducanu started the night strong, finding a solid and early 4-1 lead in the first set.
Williams warmed up at that point and pulled it back, 5-4, but Raducanu prevailed and won the set, 6-4. She entered the second set just as strong, leaping 4-0 in no time and closing it 6-0 to the roar of the crowd.
Raducanu will advance to play against Victoria Azarenka in the Round of 16.