In a tantalizing cross-generational battle, Serena Williams will meet the latest teen Grand Slam champion Emma Raducanu tonight under the lights at the Cincinnati Masters.
Playing in her final Cincinnati event, the 40-year-old Serena is 21 years the senior to Raducanu. The Brit is looking forward to it.
“I just want to go out there and enjoy the match that I’m going to play whenever I do play it,” Raducanu said on Sunday. “It’s a great gift to play the best on her way out from the sport. So I’m just looking forward to that.”
The match was originally advertised for Monday but in an unusual move, it was pushed back a day to Tuesday night. Could an injury niggle for Serena be the cause?
Serena hasn’t played in the U.S. in almost two years since the 2020 US Open.
Also today, Venus Williams opens play against Karolina Pliskova, Coco Gauff meets Marie Bouzkova and Naomi Osaka is also on Center Court.
The men will be led by tournament favorite Daniil Medvedev and also Carlos Alcaraz and Nick Kyrgios.
Yesterday, 2008 champion Andy Murray advanced past Stan Wawrinka in a grinder 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-5.
“The court is pretty lively when the weather is like this. Physically I feel tired,” Murray said on court. “I had some issues with cramp during the match, the same as Washington, so that is something I need to get on top of.
“I tried to take the ball on a little more and finish points at the net. I wasn’t that successful when I came up, but the intention was there. I was a little more offensive on the second-serve return. Last game I was just fighting, trying to find a way through.”
Frances Tiafoe scored a huge upset win over Matteo Berrettini 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(5).
“People don’t understand, obviously results haven’t really shown how well I’ve been playing. I’ve been playing some great tennis, honestly,” Tiafoe told the crowd. “I really just needed this. I know it’s a first-round match.
“I know I’ve beaten a lot of these guys, but it hasn’t happened of late. So it’s one of those things where you’ve got to get over the hump. But I’m happy I get another chance to play again.”
Cameron Norrie also toughed out Holger Rune and Sebastian Korda and John Isner were also winners.
In the women’s draw, upsets hit as Leylah Fernandez and Barbora Krejcikova both lost. Amanda Anismova knocked out Daria Kasatskina.
TUESDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
Center Court Starts At 11:00 Am
Naomi Osaka vs Shuai Zhang
14 Karolina Pliskova (WC) vs Venus Williams
Nick Kyrgios vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Serena Williams vs 10 Emma Raducanu
1 Daniil Medvedev vs Botic van de Zandschulp
Grand Stand Starts At 11:00 Am
(Q) Thanasi Kokkinakis vs 10 Jannik Sinner
11 Taylor Fritz vs Sebastian Baez
Not Before 3:00 PM
11 Coco Gauff vs (Q) Marie Bouzkova
Not Before 7:00 Pm
(WC) Mackenzie McDonald vs 3 Carlos Alcaraz
Not Before 8:30 PM
(Q) Caroline Garcia vs 4 Maria Sakkari
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