American legend Serena Williams and Japan’s Naomi Osaka continued their suffering, as their careers in the Cincinnati 1,000 tennis tournament ended in the first round, with the first loss to British Emma Radokano, the champion of Flushing Meadows, without resistance 4-6, 0-6, and the second against China’s Zhang Shuai 4-6, 5 -7.
A few days after announcing that she would put an end to her career, sometime after the Flushing Meadows Championship, which begins on the 29th, Serena called off the Cincinnati tournament, which she won the title twice in 2014 and 2015, in the worst way after a heavy loss to Radocano.
And the American, who is celebrating her forty-first birthday next month, seemed so upset that she did not speak after the match, and did not even attend the traditional press conference, after a confrontation that her British opponent started by breaking the serve in the first half of the first set, and then repeated the matter at the beginning of the second, which paved the way for her. To emerge victorious from the first, and perhaps the last, encounter with the American legend.
Serena, who won 23 major titles, was playing only her fourth match this season, and she won only one, which was last week, in the 1,000th Toronto round, at the expense of the Spanish Spaniard Nuria Parisas Dias, when she achieved her first victory in the women’s singles competitions since the fourth of June. 2021 when she beat her compatriot Danielle Collins in the third round of the Roland Garros Championships.
After a year-long absence due to a thigh injury, in June, Serena lost her first singles match to French Harmony Tan in the first round of Wimbledon, then beat Parisas Dias in Toronto before losing to Swiss Belinda Bencic.
“We should all honor Serena for her incredible career, I’m so grateful to have the experience playing against her and for the fact that our two careers intersected,” said Radocano.
Like Serena, Osaka, also ranked first, continued to suffer, as she was knocked out by Zhang Shuai 4-6, 5-7.
Since reaching the final of the 1,000th Miami tournament, and losing to the current top-ranked Polish, Iga Švientek, Osaka has been unable to go far in any of her next four appearances.
Before reaching the tournament that was runner-up in 2020, Osaka was eliminated from the second round of the 1,000th Madrid tournament, the first round of the Roland Garros tournament, the final price of the San Jose tournament and the first round of the 1,000th Toronto tournament, when she withdrew against Estonian Kaya Kanebi after losing the first set 6-7 and lagging behind. In the second 0-3.
And it took Gang Shuai an hour and 15 minutes to win her first in this tournament since 2014, and follow her Japanese rival, who won four major titles, her eighth defeat in 21 matches she played this year, less than two weeks before the start of the US championship, which Osaka won She won her title twice, in 2018 and 2020, before being affected by psychological problems that kept her out of action for a while.
Venus Williams was no better off than Osaka and her sister Serena, as the 42-year-old was unable to win the fifth consecutive round, especially since she skipped the first round of Wimbledon, losing to Czech 2016 champion Caroline Pliskova 5-7, 1-6.
The Czech 14th seed, who won her title last year, will meet the currently retired Australian Ashleigh Barty, in her next test, the Belgian Elise Mertens, who in turn easily beat Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina 6-1, 6-1.
Benticic’s twelfth career also ended with her loss to Romanian Sorana Crestia 2-6, 7-6, 4-6, and the American Coco Gauff, the eleventh, who lost to the Czech Marie Bozkova 5-7, 0-1 and then withdrew, while Romanian Simona Halep qualified for the fifteenth and crowned in the final Last week, Toronto won the second round with difficulty after defeating Russian Anastasia Potapova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Estonian Anett Kontaveit, who was exempted from the first round as a second seed, was the first to qualify for the final, beating Czech Teresa Martinsova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
In the men’s 1,000-point Masters tournament, Medvedev avoided the scenario of the Montreal tournament when he fell at the first barrier at the hands of Australian Nick Kyrgios, with a difficult 6-4, 7-5 victory over Dutchman Botique van de Chandsholf, who was the only player to snatch a group of the world’s number one during His journey towards the championship title Flushing Meadows last year.
The 2019 Cincinnati champion will meet in the eighth final, the winner between Canadian Denis Shapovalov and American Tom Ball.
In contrast to Medvedev, the third Spaniard Carlos Alcaras did not find it difficult to book his ticket to the final price at the expense of American Mackenzie MacDonald 6-3, 6-2, to face veteran Croatian Marin Cilic, who defeated Finnish Emil Rosovori 6-4, 6-7, 7-5.
Kyrgios maintained his tradition this season by winning all his 11 matches in the first round, after defeating Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-4, to face American Taylor Fritz in the second round.
Italian Yannick Sener, the tenth seed, struggled to reach the second round by defeating Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokinakis 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 in a meeting that lasted nearly three hours and a quarter of an hour.
The 21-year-old Italian will meet in the second round Serbian Miomir Kitsamanovic, who beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, the winner of the Montreal 1,000-point Masters Tournament, by defeating him 1-6, 7-5, 7-6.
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