Welcome to our stay protection of Emma Raducanu vs Serena Williams in the primary spherical of the Cincinnati Open.
It’s the primary assembly between the pair and comes at a event which stands as a key warm-up occasion for the US Open.
Raducanu’s type has been up-and-down since her gorgeous triumph at Flushing Meadows final yr and she or he might be determined for issues to click on into place forward of her title defence.
Since final yr’s US Open, the Briton has performed in 16 tournaments and been knocked out by a lower-ranked participant 14 occasions.
The Briton, who at present sits at No 10 on the planet rankings, stated the possibility to play “the perfect of all time” was “a terrific reward”.
“I believe it is gonna be an thrilling match,” Raducanu stated within the buildup. “I am trying ahead to it. It is a tremendous alternative to play most likely the perfect tennis participant of all time. It is most likely going to be my final alternative to ever play her.
“I believe that, for our careers to have crossed over, I believe I am actually lucky that I get to play her. No matter occurs, I believe it is gonna be a very good expertise for me and one thing that I’ll bear in mind for the remaining of her life.
“Expectations, I do not actually know, I do not actually care. I simply wish to go on the market and, one, take pleasure in the match that I’ll play each time I do play it.
“It is a terrific reward to play the perfect on her means out from the game. So I am simply trying ahead to that.”
Raducanu’s historic win at Flushing Meadows got here 22 years after Williams gained her first main singles title in New York, aged simply 17.
The winner of the match between Raducanu and Williams will face Victoria Azarenka within the second spherical after the Belarussian overcame Kaia Kanepi in three units.