Serena Williams' penultimate adventure in the WTA Tour ends with a thrill in the final moment of the match. The US champion, after the clear defeat against Emma Raducanu, leaves aside the Cincinnati pleasantries, greets the crowd quickly and in a rather cold way, but above all she skips the press conference.
Probably the changes by the organizers to the game program did not please the twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion too much. In the match scheduled for the final part of the day, Serena actually lasts just under a set. All easy for the outgoing US Open champion who closes the match with a clear 6-4 6-0 and reaches Viktoria Azarenka in the second round.
Really little to tell about the challenge, with a heavy Serena in the lateral movements and short of alternatives with the second ball resisting just over sixty minutes of play in the last adventure in Cincinnati in the Western & Southern Open, a tournament won in back-to-back at between 2014 and 2015.
Cincinnati 2022: Serena Williams eliminated by Emma Raducanu
In the afternoon came the defeat of Venus, who still had much more opportunities against a rather inspired Karolina Pliskova. The Czech tennis player, who breaks the balance at the foot of the tie break during the first set, obviously spreads to 7-5 6-1 in the final.
In the same portion of the draw Elise Mertens, who wins and convinces against Anhelina Kalinina. Emblematic the 6-1 6-1 final seasoned by 92% of the points with the first ball. Another protagonist of the day Shelby Rogers, who surprisingly gets rid of the revived Sofia Kenin with a very clear 6-2 6-1.
In the list of surprises on day-3 also the misstep of the Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Belinda Bencic, defeated in three very hard-fought sets by Sorana Cirstea. Smiling despite the defeat. An image that is heartening despite everything.
Naomi Osaka, who in the long American summer has collected only one success in San Jose, crashes against Shuai Zhang at the foot of the US Open. The Japanese, always forced to fill the role of the pursuer, manages to prolong the matter in the second but not to hook the tie break. She finishes 6-3 7-5. Today, in the men's singles, Rafael Nadal will come back on the court.