Paul Annacone shares thoughts on Serena Williams-Emma Raducanu matchup

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Paul Annacone shares thoughts on Serena Williams-Emma Raducanu matchup

Paul Annacone agrees with Andy Roddick that Emma Raducanu is a good matchup for Serena Williams ahead of the US Open. In the Cincinnati first round, Williams drew Raducanu in the first round. This week in Toronto, Williams beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz before suffering a 6-2 6-4 loss to Belinda Bencic.

Roddick explained on Tennis Channel that Raducanu will likely be a better matchup for Williams that Bencic was. “I actually thought Serena was hitting the ball pretty well against Belinda Bencic, I know she lost and the score-line was pretty straight forward.

I think the fact that she’ll have a little bit more time against Raducanu. Raducanu is not gonna come out and hit flat inside the court, switch directions like Bencic was (doing) and kind of bully Serena’s movement,’’ Roddick said on Tennis Channel.

Annacone on Williams facing Raducanu

“A few matches would be great to get under the belt and against someone like Raducanu. She doesn’t have the fire power, like Andy said, that can hit her off the court, she doesn’t take the ball early like Bencic does to steal Serena’s time, so this should give Serena some rhythm where she can dictate what’s going on," Annacone said on Tennis Channel.

“If she can do that (dictate the play), then that’s all she wants, cause then it’s going to be up to her with what happens. And generally, when it’s up to her (as to) what happens, things have tended to turn out pretty good over the years”.

Williams captured her first Grand Slam title in 1999 at the Us Open. Last year, Raducanu became a Grand Slam champion after winning the US Open. In the Cincinnati first round, fans will have a chance to see two US Open champions go up against each other.

Playing Williams will definitely not be easy for Raducanu since the whole stadium will stand behind the American tennis great.

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