Serena Williams is hammered by Emma Raducanu as she wins just four games in a heavy blow to US Open preparation

SERENA WILLIAMS was taken apart by Emma Raducanu as their Cincinnati fight became an anti-climax at the box office.

The 40-year-old tennis icon faced the US Open champion for the first and possibly last time of her career.

Serena Williams was severely beaten Tuesday night

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Serena Williams was severely beaten Tuesday nightPhoto credit: Getty
The tennis icon waves to the crowd after a hammer hit from Emma Raducanu

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The tennis icon waves to the crowd after a hammer hit from Emma RaducanuCredit: AP
Emma Raducanu won in straight sets in just over an hour

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Emma Raducanu won in straight sets in just over an hourPhoto credit: Getty

But the 23-time Slam champion Williams was no match for a fitter and fresher opponent on Tuesday night.

Raducanu won the US Open last year as an 18-year-old and the teenager wasn’t impressed.

She kept Williams and her fans in Cincinnati calm during their brief encounter.

The Brit won 6-4, 6-0 in just one hour and five minutes.

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It comes as a blow to Serena’s preparations for the US Open in New York, which begins later this month.

She didn’t look 100 percent on the pitch on Tuesday night.

Williams is hoping for another Slam glory in Queens.

A fairytale victory in New York would draw her level with Margaret Court in 24 Slam titles.

But Serena will need big improvements if she wants to fight for the title before retiring from the game.

Raducanu said: “I think we all have to honor Serena and her amazing career.

“I’m so grateful to have played her and that our careers have intersected. Everything she’s done, she’s an inspiration.”

The British teenager was way too good for a struggling Serena

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The British teenager was way too good for a struggling SerenaPhoto credit: Getty
The two shake hands after their match in Cincinnati

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The two shake hands after their match in CincinnatiCredit: AP

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