SERENA WILLIAMS takes on Emma Raducanu in the first round of a blockbuster in Cincinnati as the legend continues on her farewell tour.
The superstar pairing was drawn against each other at the Western and Southern Opens.
It will be the first – and probably only – meeting between the 23-time Grand Slam champion and the reigning US Open champion.
And it could be the penultimate match in Williams’ glittering tennis career.
The American, who turns 41 next month, announced last week that she is preparing to “move away from tennis” and wants to grow her business and family.
Many expect the US Open to be her last tournament before she retires – 23 years after winning the tournament as a teenager.
And that would make this week’s WTA 1000 event her final non-major.
Raducanu faces Williams on either Monday or Tuesday.
The winner then meets Victoria Azarenka or Kaia Kanepi in round two.
Serena broke down in tears on court after losing to Belinda Bencic at last week’s Canadian Open in Toronto.
After the loss, she was presented with a bouquet while her husband Alexis and daughter Olympia looked on.
Williams, who missed a year with a hamstring injury, returned to singles action at Wimbledon and would happily bid farewell by equaling Margaret Court’s record 24 grand slams.
Raducanu, meanwhile, is hoping to return to Camila Giorgi from her first-round elimination in her hometown of Toronto.
The 19-year-old Briton heads into her US Open title defense later this month and is still struggling to find the form that saw her wrap up the fairy tale in New York a year ago.
Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal will return to action in Cincinnati.
He has not played since withdrawing from Wimbledon ahead of the semifinals due to a 7mm abdominal tear.
The Spaniard was released in round two, while Andy Murray meets his Australian Open conqueror Taro Daniel in qualifying for the fourth time this year.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5991572/serena-williams-emma-radacanu-cincinnati-us-open/ Serena Williams faces Emma Radacanu at the Western and Southern Opens in Cincinnati before the legend is eliminated at the US Open