Western & Southern Open News: Serena Williams Faces U.S. Open Champion Raducanu in Tantalizing First-Round Match

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CINCINNATI (Aug. 12, 2022) – The singles draws for the Western & Southern Open were made Friday. With a total of nine former champions and 18 Grand Slam major winners in the fields, tough matches start from day one, highlighted by 23-time Major champion, Serena Williams taking on 2021 U.S. Open winner Emma Raducanu in a match that is scheduled for Monday night.

The draw release comes the night before play begins with qualifying action set for 10 a.m. Saturday. Click here for Saturday’s full order of play.

If the 40-year-old Williams is victorious in the opening round against the 19-year-old Radacanu, she could potentially face two-time Western & Southern Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 champion, faces wild card Venus Williams. The Williams sisters, who have never faced each other in Cincinnati, could potentially meet in the quarterfinals.

Serena Williams in action (courtesy Team USA)

Top seed Iga Swiatek has a haunting and daunting road. After a first-round bye, she will face either wild card Sloane Stephens or Alize Cornet, who ended Swiatek’s 37-match win streak at Wimbledon. If she gets by that hurdle, she could face Beatriz Haddad Maia who defeated her this week in Toronto, in a quarter of the draw that also includes 18-year-old Coco Gauff and former Western & Southern Open champion Garbine Muguruza.

Cincinnati’s Caty McNally faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her first match and would face third seed, Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur in the second round. McNally will be available to the media at 4:30 on Saturday.

In the top half of the men’s draw Nick Kyrgios will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round and could potentially face 11th seed Taylor Fritz in the second round. Both are in top seed Danill Medvedev’s quarter of the draw, a section that also includes an opening round battle between 2017 Western & Southern Open champion Grigor Dimitrov against Denis Shapovalov. Also in the top half, American Frances Tiafoe faces 12th seed Matteo Berrettini in the first round.

Emma Raducanu at Transylvania Open-Day 2. By Nuță Lucian from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Second seed Rafael Nadal is in the same half of the draw as his 19-year-old Spanish countryman Carlos Alcaraz, seeded third, setting up a potential semifinal meeting. Cincinnati native J.J. Wolf faces Emil Ruusuvuori in a first-round match.

2022 Western & Southern Open ATP Men’s Singles Draw

2022 Western & Southern Open WTA Women’s Singles Draw

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