Serena Williams bids farewell to Cincinnati as retirement looms

Williams is widely considered to be the greatest female tennis player of all time.
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 5:56 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Serena Williams has played her final match at the Western and Southern Open.

The 23-grand slam champion bowed out in the first round following a 6-4 6-0 loss to British no. 13 Emma Raducanu, who won last year’s US Open.

“I think we all just need to acknowledge Serena and her amazing career,” Raducanu said in her post-match interview. “I’m so grateful for the experience of being able to play her and for our careers to have crossed over. Everything she achieved has been so inspirational, and it was a true honor to share the court with her.”

Saying “the countdown has begun,” 40-year-old Williams announced last week that she is ready to step away from tennis and focus on having another child and her business interests

She has not said which match will be her last but has made it sound as if that will be at the U.S. Open, scheduled to begin later this month in New York City.

She most recently played at the Canadian Open, where she was eliminated in the second round.

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