Serena Williams IS OUT of the Cincinnati Masters after 6-4, 6-0 loss to Emma Raducanu

Serena Williams IS OUT of the Cincinnati Masters after 6-4, 6-0 loss to Emma Raducanu

Serena Williams knew losing was a possibility to Emma Raducanu at the Cincinnati Open. But she never would have anticipated that it would be as brutal as this.

The 19-year-old US Open champion swept the retiring Williams in one hour and five minutes, winning 6-4, 6-0 in a ruthless and collected display. It was one of the best performances Raducanu has given since he won the US Open last year.

There were no goodbye words or tears on the court after Williams, unlike in Toronto last week when she lost to Belinda Bencic.

She quickly gathered her things and walked off the court waving to the crowd who were still cheering her on as if she had won, refusing an on-court interview.

Williams struggled to find her rhythm: her backhand often let her down and gave Raducanu easy points. Her serving wasn’t great either and she roared with fury once in the first set when another double fault gave Raducanu a break point.

But there were still glimpses of her greatness, the fighting spirit and that raw, brutal forehand power that has propelled her to a fantastic 23 Grand Slam triumphs.

It was a quick goodbye from Serena Williams in Cincinnati after Emma Raducanu hit her

It was a quick goodbye from Serena Williams in Cincinnati after Emma Raducanu hit her

Raducanu applauded his opponent after a resounding victory in Cincinnati

Raducanu applauded his opponent after a resounding victory in Cincinnati

The 40-year-old quickly retreated from the pitch after a ruthless Raducanu defeated her.

The 40-year-old quickly retreated from the pitch after a ruthless Raducanu defeated her.

Raducanu put on one of his best performances of the year as he defeated Williams 6-4, 6-0

Raducanu put on one of his best performances of the year as he defeated Williams 6-4, 6-0

The crowd was right behind Williams, but they couldn't cheer her on for victory on Tuesday.

The crowd was right behind Williams, but they couldn’t cheer her on for victory on Tuesday.

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams after the match, saying it was an honor to play against her.

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams after the match, saying it was an honor to play against her.

Down 4-1 in the first set and 40-15 behind, Williams dominated the next few points with just her forehand and simultaneously whipped the crowd into a frenzy as she took the game.

But it was here that Raducanu responded so well. His shot selection was smart, his own forehand was also good and he responded to being broken, and then Williams held on with a powerful serve, holding at love.

Raducanu never allowed Williams, or the crowd, to build momentum throughout the match. He hit 14 game winners with only one unforced error.

‘I didn’t actually know that statistic. I think we should all honor Serena and her amazing career,” Raducanu said afterward. I am very grateful for the experience of having played her and for the intersection of our careers. It was an honor to share the field with her.

“The atmosphere tonight was incredible. Even when you (the crowd) were cheering her on, I was totally on board!

“I was nervous from the first point to the last point, she can come back from anything and I was glad I was able to keep my composure.”

But if Raducanu really felt nervous, no one could tell. This was a laser-focused performance from the 19-year-old that she watched in the area from the moment she passed Williams in the hallway outside the locker room.

Williams particularly seemed to struggle with her backhand and serve on Tuesday.

Williams particularly seemed to struggle with her backhand and serve on Tuesday.

Williams' best shots came with his forehand: he still showed glimpses of his greatness.

Williams’ best shots came with his forehand: he still showed glimpses of his greatness.

Tennis fans in Cincinnati were out in force to cheer on Williams against Raducanu

Tennis fans in Cincinnati were out in force to cheer on Williams against Raducanu

But the 19-year-old was in superb form as she prepares for her US Open defense.

But the 19-year-old was in superb form as she prepares for her US Open defense.

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams after the match, saying it was an honor to play against her.

Raducanu paid tribute to Williams after the match, saying it was an honor to play against her.

For tennis fans in the UK, think of this as Wimbledon in reverse. The crowd was absolutely united behind Serena, as Raducanu said, and every point she won was cheered as if she had won a game or a set from her.

‘Serena the GOAT’ and ‘Long Live the Queen’ read the banners that waved in the air as Williams was announced and walked onto the court.

Perhaps that suited Raducanu. There haven’t been many times since he won the US Open where he hasn’t been in the spotlight, but here against Williams, it was just that. It’s a victory that gives him confidence as he prepares to defend his title.

So it’s one last dance for Williams, at the US Open, though fans are clinging to the fact that she hasn’t explicitly said Flushing Meadows will be her last tournament. Williams is 0-2 since he announced he will retire.

“Tonight was a game for me, to be able to play against the best of all time, who knows how many more opportunities we will have to share the court,” added Raducanu. “I think it’s amazing how our careers have overlapped and I thought to myself ‘this is a complete gift, you’re sharing the court with the greatest of all time. Make the most of it, for the rest of your career you “I’m going to remember playing Serena Williams.”

Next up for Raducanu is a matchup against another former World No.1 player, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka.

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