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Tennis Giorgi Sends Raducanu Packing To Advance To Round 2 In Toronto

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Toronto — Defensive Champion 's Camila Giorgi beat Great Britain's Emma Raducanu 7-6 (0) 6-2 on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Toronto Open, with Serena Williams' retirement from tennis pending. The news shook the ground.

U.S. Open Her champion Radukanu led her 2–0 in the second set, but Giorgi followed her six her game with a solid return, netting her plays and moves. was secured in combination and finished brilliantly.

"It's my game, so I have to play it this way all the time, but sometimes things go wrong," Giorgi said in an interview on the court.

After the two players exchanged six serve breaks in the first set, Giorgi flicked a switch and ended the tiebreak with ease after Radukanu's double fault.

Next for the 30-year-old Italian was Belgium's Elise Mertens, who beat Hungary's Anna Bonder 7-6 (2) 6-1.

Giorgi's game comes nearly five hours after Williams, who is also playing in his event this week on hard court, announced plans to retire so he can focus on other things that matter to him. started later.

News of her 23-time Grand Slam champion decision dominated the topic among the players and fans in attendance.

"She changed sports and did so many things that she can bow now," said Natalie, a spectator who became interested in tennis thanks to Williams. Chapsett said. "It's good news for her, but not for her fans. But if you look at the people behind the athletes, she deserves it."

Naomi Osaka in Estonia followed Giorgi to Center Court for his match against Kaia Kanepi.

Also, No. 10 seed Coco his Gauff beat fellow American Madison Brengle 6-1 6-3 while China's Cheng his Ching Wen recovered from a set down. Canada's wildcard defeated his Rebecca his Marino his 3-. 6 7-6 (5) 6-4.

Former champion Bianca Andreescu started the evening session with No. 11 seed Daria Kasatkina, followed by No. 3 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece. Sloane will have her matchup with Stephens. (Reporting by Frank Pingue of his in Toronto; additional reporting by Divya Rajagopal; editing by Pritha Sarkar)