Emma Raducanu v Serena Williams postponement triggers furious accusations of ticket stitch-up

Emma Raducanu v Serena Williams postponed due to anger from ticket-paying fans - GETTY IMAGES
Angry fans have accused Cincinnati Open organizers of a ticket stabbing after Emma Raducanu and Serena Williams' blockbuster meeting was pushed back to Tuesday.
The defending US Open champion and the 23-time major singles winner were scheduled to face off in the first round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Monday, but the much-anticipated meeting has been pushed back a day. A spokesman for the tournament said the change was made "due to a number of factors surrounding the scheduling".
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An announcement last Friday that the opening round would be played on Monday sparked a flurry of ticket sales, with promoters rarely announcing fixtures more than 24 hours in advance due to the uncertain order of play. Therefore, it was not surprising that the news of the postponement was met with anger by numerous fans who bought tickets for the game, which was the first round on the ATP hard court in Ohio.
Several angry ticket buyers claimed the mix-up was "false advertising" and accused organizers of a ploy to sell out both Monday and Tuesday night sessions.
"This is so disappointing," CoachCodyHurley wrote on social media. "After spending HUNDREDS of dollars to see Serena, is the schedule changed the night before? I've been coming to see Serena Williams play in Cincinnati since the mid 2000's. To see the GOAT play one last time would have been a dream come true.”
"Where's Serena? Their CEO said on Monday. We have the receipts. This was a fake publicity stunt to get people to buy Monday tickets and now they have to buy Tuesday tickets too," claimed a fan named Katie.
Another fan wrote: "Well I just wasted my money on Monday night and day tickets thinking Serena and Venus would play AS THEY SAID!!"
Another ticket buyer wrote: "I'm pretty pissed. I bought tickets and have now had to pay 3x as much for Tuesday tickets. I doubt my Monday tickets can be resold. There had better be a refund.”
Telegraph Sport has reached out to Cincinnati Open organizers and the Women's Tennis Association for a response.
Williams had already reached world No. 1 when Raducanu was born in November 2002 and the 19-year-old Brit has spoken of her excitement before sharing a spot with her idol.
Serena Williams of the United States during Day 2 practice of the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center - GETTY IMAGES
With Williams, 40, hinting at her plans to retire sometime after the US Open, it's likely to be the first and possibly last meeting between the two.
"For our careers to have crossed like that, I'm lucky to have the opportunity to play her," Raducanu said ahead of her Cincinnati debut. "Whatever happens, it will be an incredible experience that I will surely remember for the rest of my life.
"It will be an exciting match, I'm looking forward to it. It will be a great opportunity to play against the best tennis player of all time. This will probably be my last opportunity."
Raducanu, who is set to make her debut in the WTA and ATP hard-court event, is hoping to find some much-needed form before defending her US Open crown.
She suffered a first-round elimination to Camila Giorgi in Toronto last week, while being hampered by blisters on her hands in her grueling second-round win over Camila Osorio at the Citi Open earlier this month, before being knocked out by the number 60 of the world, Ludmilla Samsonova, was KO'd in straight sets.
The Brit has had a mixed fortune since triumphing at Flushing Meadows last year when she won the US Open as a qualifier. Of the 16 tournaments she has played since her legendary win, she has been knocked out 14 times by a lower-ranked player.
However, Raducanu has cut a defiant figure from the pitch after previously claiming she was unfazed by the prospect of losing the 2,000 ranking points she amassed after winning the US Open last year.
Serena Williams
American professional tennis player (born 1981)
Emma Raducanu
British tennis pro

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