Welcome to our live coverage of Emma Raducanu vs Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the Cincinnati Open.
Raducanu’s meeting with former Australian champion Azarenka comes less than 24 hours after the Briton dispatched tennis icon Serena Williams in a much-hyped, generational clash.
Despite overwhelming support for the soon-retiring Williams, the 19-year-old remained unfazed throughout the encounter and cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win against the tennis legend.
The US Open champion can expect more of a sterner test against world No. 22 Azarenka, who has been a mainstay on the women’s scene over the past decade.
It will be the first time Raducanu faces off with the two-time grand slam winner and the youngster has already targeted the match-up as another opportunity for her to learn from “a great champion”.
“I remember more recently when she was playing in the US Open and made the final in 2020. I was studying for my exams,” said Raducanu. “I hadn’t played tennis in months, and I was just dreaming that one day I’m going to play on Ashe, and one day I’m going to be at that level and playing these great players myself. Everything felt so far away.
“Obviously with the last year I have had, getting great exposure to these great players, and every time you get to play them, you get to learn from them as well and what they do really well that has helped them in their careers.”
Raducanu, who currently sits at No 10 in the world rankings, will be looking to string some consistency together as she continues her preparations for this month’s US Open after a mixed year since her historic Flushing Meadows success.
It’s a busy night for the Briton, who also in action in the doubles later this evening with this year’s Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina, meaning she faces a quick turnaround following this match.