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Frustration in Cincinnati Open as Williams and Raducanu match is postponed

The first-round match between Serena Williams, who is preparing to retire, and Emma Radukanu at the Western and Southern Open has been moved to Tuesday “due to several factors related to scheduling”, the tournament announced late Sunday. done.

Williams, 40, and Radukanu, 19, were originally scheduled to play on Monday night, but rain on Sunday caused several delays.

Cincinnati Masters 2022 schedule

Fans around the world will be excited to see how the tournament plays out this year with so many big names.

The US Open is coming up soon and the events in Cincinnati are likely to give us a good taste of what to expect at Flushing Meadows when the final major of the year begins. has come up with an order to play the Cincinnati Masters 2022 for today.

All eyes will be on Williams’ first round match tomorrow, in which she will face none other than defending US Open women’s singles champion Emma Radukanu, the tennis player who rose to global fame last year.

(Taking home the trophy at age 18, Radukanu was just a year older than Williams when she won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 1999.) Thanks to this oddity of a draw in Cincinnati, the unseeded Williams and 10th seed Radukanu will go toe-to-toe for the first and possibly last time.

Being able to play Williams in the supposed final weeks of his career is a challenge Radukanu is clearly thrilled with. “It’s going to be an exciting match, I’m looking forward to it,” he told reporters during a press conference yesterday ahead of the tournament. “Unless I draw him to New York, it’ll probably be my last chance to play, but I think whatever happens it’s just going to be a great memory that I will always have.”

The Canadian steps onto the hard courts of Ohio.

Leyla Fernandez returned from a prolonged injury at the National Bank Open in Toronto last week.

And even when the 19-year-old was knocked out in the second round in his homeland, Canadian fans were still applauding to see the phenom back on the court for the first time since the French Open in May.

Now, less than a week after his return to the WTA Tour, Fernandez is back for another tournament. This time it’s the Western and Southern Open, also known as the Cincinnati Masters, which is the U.S. Open. Serves as the final preparation for the Open.

World No. 14 Fernandez will be presented with tough challenges no matter how long she stays in Cincinnati, facing 27th-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova for the first time on Monday. The pair had previously met in Adelaide earlier this year, with Fernandez winning in straight sets.

Tickets for the season quickly sold out after the announcement, with some fans getting them at inflated prices to possibly see Williams one last time. However, the tournament opted to move the match till Tuesday.

A tournament spokesman later said that the decision was “due to a number of factors related to scheduling”. Instead of declaring the switch outright and giving fans the option of a refund, the order to play for Monday on Sunday night removed Williams and Radukanu from the schedule.

Lee Hagee, one of many fans expressing disappointment on social media, tweeted: “It’s really disappointing, Serena traveling across the country on your ad will play Monday night! Last minute you swap play order Do?! And buy tickets in 200 sections just for this, now if you want to see, you may have to cancel the flight??!

Williams and Radukanu are both already in Cincinnati after an early exit in Toronto, with the former training in front of a packed crowd for the first time on Sunday, while the latter trained with Elena Rybakina the day before. Radukanu spoke about his glee at the chance to face Williams on Sunday.

“I just want to go out there and enjoy the match I’m going to play whenever I play it. It’s a great gift to play the best I can on my way out of the game. So I’m just waiting for that.” I am doing it,” Radukanu said.

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