Emma Raducanu gives verdict on 'last opportunity' to face Serena Williams in Cincinnati

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Emma Raducanu has reacted to her blockbuster first-round clash with Serena Williams for the first time. The 19-year-old is excited for the chance to face the tennis legend, admitting that it is likely her “last opportunity” following the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s decision to retire. And the British No 1 isn’t worried about the result as she confessed it would be an experience she’d cherish “for life.”

Raducanu and Williams will face off in arguably the most exciting first-round match of next week’s Western & Southern Open, with the 19-year-old getting the privilege of being one of the American’s final opponents ahead of her impending retirement.

The world No 10 has spoken out on their upcoming clash for the first time and admitted that she knows how lucky she is to get a chance to face the former world No 1 before her career comes to an end. “For our careers to have crossed like this, I’m fortunate to be able to play her,” the Bromley teenager said ahead of her Cincinnati debut.

“Whatever happens, it will be an incredible experience that I’ll surely remember for the rest of my life.” While Williams is arguably the toughest opponent Raducanu may face in her career as a 73-time singles title winner, the British No 1 has no fear going into the match and is instead filled with excitement.

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