Serena William has had a very hard week as she announced her retirement is coming near. Williams lost the match to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic by 6-2,6-4. This 78-minute second-round game will be the last time Williams will play in the Canadian Open, and the audience bid adieu to the tennis icon by giving her a standing ovation.
Belinda easily defeated 23 Grand Slam Winner, as Bencic fired eight aces and broke Williams twice in the first and once in the second. During the post-match interview on the court, the reigning Olympic gold medallist said that “tonight is about her”.
Williams shocked tennis fans worldwide when in an essay in the Vouge and an Instagram post on Tuesday, she mentioned that ” the countdown has begun” for her retirement format the sport.
During the post-match interview, she was quite emotional. “I love playing here, I’ve always loved playing here,” she said, choking up as fans who cheered her throughout the match called out their appreciation. “I wish I could have played better tonight, but Belinda was playing so well.”
Williams advanced to the second round after defeating Spain’s Nuria Parrizas-Diaz by 3-6,4-6. Going into the second round of the match, Williams only played three matches in 2022 before the second round.
Willaims will be next seen playing in Cincinnati Open before playing in the US Open, which starts on August 29. US Open is a special tournament for her as she won on that court six times and got her first Grand Slam in the 1999 US Open.