Coco Gauff Injury

Serena Williams’s farewell tour made a brief stop in her hometown of Los Angeles on its second leg. With Tuesday’s 6-4, 6-0 loss to U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu in the Western & Southern Open, Williams, at age 40, dropped to 0-2 in matches since announcing “the countdown has begun” on her career.

Williams hinted at the end of her career in a Vogue magazine essay and an Instagram post last week, though she did not confirm that the upcoming U.S. Open in New York on August 29 would be her last tournament.

Williams played in Cincinnati as her second warmup for the U.S. Open; she will next be seen in action in Flushing Meadows. Last week in Toronto, she went down to Belinda Bencic and lost in straight sets. Williams had just won her first match since the 2021 French Open the day before the announcement.

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles; her most recent came at the 2017 Australian Open, during her pregnancy with daughter Olympia. Her primary motivation for leaving is the desire to start a family.

In 1 hour and 5 minutes, the world’s 19th-ranked Raducanu quickly and efficiently defeated Williams, silencing the loudly pro-Williams crowd.

The 19-year-old Raducanu expressed disbelief that she had just competed against Serena Williams. For our careers to have crossed when there is such a big (age) gap and watching her grow up, it was a remarkable experience to simply play her, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so.

Coco Gauff Injury

At the conclusion of the match, Williams did not give an interview to the press. Fans applauded loudly both times Williams was introduced and again when she won her first point in the second game thanks to an error by Raducanu. When Williams double-faulted, she yelled at the court in frustration, but when she won the third game of the first set, she yelled even more loudly and pumped her fist.

If you “let up a little bit,” as Raducanu put it, “she’s going to be all over you,” then you’ve lost the argument. “She is truly a legend.” After falling behind 2-0 in the opening set, she battled back to within 4-3 and then 5-4, but Raducanu eventually won the set at love. From there, Raducanu rolled while Williams looked increasingly frustrated and resigned.

Williams’ late-career injuries have contributed to her inconsistent play, and she missed a year of competition after tearing her hamstring at Wimbledon the year before. Williams won the fifth game of the second set with a forehand volley after an exciting rally that had the crowd on its feet. However, she broke down and double-faulted the next point on the way to defeat.

Coco Gauff Injury

After the match, she hurried off the court while waving to the spectators. “The atmosphere in the arena was electric,” Raducanu said. The stadium looked packed, and even if the fans were rooting for Serena, I could handle it.

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On Wednesday, Raducanu will play the seasoned Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Since her unexpected win at last year’s U.S. Open, she has not won another major tournament.

In the men’s draw, number one seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia won 6-4, 7-5 over number 24 seed Biotic van de Zandschlup. After losing in the second round to Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios in Canada last week, Medvedev was banned from the tournament for his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

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On Tuesday, Kyrgios won a two-set match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, 7-5 and 6-4. On the same day, four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka lost to Shuai Zhang in the second round.

Because of a left ankle injury, Coco Gauff had to withdraw from her match against qualifier Marie Bouzkova, and the tournament lost another big name. After taping her ankle at the end of the first set, Gauff retired from the match before the second game was even played.

Karolina Pliskova beat Venus Williams in a two-set match 7-5, 6-1. It was Sorana Cirstea who defeated Bencic in three sets: 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4. Former Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal returned to practice in front of a massive crowd after missing the tournament due to an abdominal tear. On Wednesday, the 22-time Grand Slam champion will take on Borna Coric.

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