Since Serena Williams’s announcement in Vogue’s September deliver that she will be stepping wait on from legit tennis imminently—which many understood to indicate that this year’s U.S. Launch might presumably well be her ideal—the realm has been looking out on the 40-year-former tennis account’s every pass extra closely than ever.
The day after her story became printed, Williams performed the Canadian Launch in Toronto and became given a standing ovation, while designate sales for the U.S. Launch possess skyrocketed in the week or so since the announcement became made—and that’s with out declaring the emotional tributes which possess poured in from spherical the globe, with wearing figures at the side of Billie Jean King and Lewis Hamilton all voicing their admiration for the tennis star.
Nonetheless earlier than she steps onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium for what can also neatly be the final time, Williams has one final match to entire: the Cincinnati Masters, also identified as the Western & Southern Launch, which kicked off earlier this day, August 15, on the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. (Williams has obtained the ladies folk’s singles title on the competition twice, defeating Ana Ivanovic in 2014 and Simona Halep in 2015.)
All eyes will be on Williams’s first-spherical match day after these days, in which she faces off in opposition to none different than the defending U.S. Launch ladies folk’s singles champion Emma Raducanu, the tennis wunderkind who became catapulted to world fame ideal year. (Taking dwelling the trophy at 18, Raducanu became entirely 365 days older than Williams became when she obtained her first Nice Slam title on the U.S. Launch in 1999.) Thanks to this quirk of the plot at Cincinnati, the unseeded Williams and 10th seed Raducanu will high-tail toe-to-toe for the first—and scoot the ideal—time.
Being ready to play Serena Williams in the purported final weeks of her occupation is a deliver that Emma Raducanu is evidently thrilled by. “This can be an exhilarating match, I’m having a appreciate forward to it,” she advised reporters during a press conference the outdated day forward of the match. “It’s doubtlessly going to be my ideal opportunity to play her except I plot her in Recent York, but I mediate whatever occurs it’s simply going to be a colossal memory that I’ll always possess.”
The pair will hit the court day after these days evening at a time that’s but to be confirmed—but preserve an appreciate to your calendars for what will absolutely be the first of many unmissable suits during Williams’s final weeks on the tour.
This put up became firstly place printed in Vogue.