Serena Williams beaten in straight sets in the Canadian Open by Belinda Bencic earlier than bidding an emotional farewell to her followers in Toronto as the celebrity edges nearer to retirement
- Serena Williams misplaced 6-2 6-4 in opposition to Belinda Bencic in Toronto on Wednesday
- It was her first match since she introduced that she’s going to retire quickly from tennis
- Williams gave an emotional thanks and goodbye to her followers in Canada
A day after asserting her plan to retire, Serena Williams was beaten in straight sets by Belinda Bencic in the second spherical of the Canadian Open on Wednesday evening as certainly one of the last pages in her outstanding profession drew to a detailed.
Bencic dropped simply six video games in a 6-2 6-4 victory the place Williams confirmed flashes of her finest, however no extra. The Swiss star stayed composed, refused to let the gravity of the match unsettle her and advances into spherical three.
Prior to the match, a video performed with greetings from retired tennis nice Billie Jean King, some rising stars like Coco Gauff and others, in addition to Canadian hockey icon Wayne Gretzky.
‘Serena Williams, Willie O’Ree in hockey, Jackie Robinson in baseball. They modified all the pieces,’ Gretzky mentioned. ‘They modified the tradition of sports activities and what Serena did for girls and boys all through the world is spectacular. Serena, congratulations on an exquisite profession.’
Speaking on courtroom afterwards, Williams thanked her followers in Canada for his or her assist throughout the course of her enjoying tenure.
Serena Williams misplaced to Belinda Bencic in her first match since asserting retirement plans
Williams was beaten 6-2 6-4 by Bencic earlier than bidding farewell to her followers in Canada
Tournament organizers handed Williams a bouquet of flowers earlier than she departed the courtroom
‘Thank you,’ she mentioned, her voice crackling. ‘It was numerous emotion, I like enjoying right here and all the time love paying right here.
‘I want I might have performed higher however Belinda performed so properly at present. It has been an fascinating 24 hours.’
‘I’ve all the time had some wonderful instances right here on and off courtroom and I’ll be coming again as a customer to the metropolis. I’ve had some loopy matches right here.
‘I used to be actually joyful to be out right here at present and thanks for the assist. It has been a pleasure enjoying in entrance of you guys all these years.’
Bencic paid tribute to the rival she had simply beaten, saying on courtroom: ‘Tonight was actually particular, it is usually overwhelming as it’s all the time an honor to play Serena. Tonight is about her.’
Fans flocked to Sobeys Stadium in Toronto Wednesday evening to say goodbye to the 23-time Grand Slam champion. The stadium packed in 12,500 followers, and for the first time ever, the event arrange an outside viewing space to suit one other 5,000 followers.
The 40-year-old Williams was handed presents, together with flowers, by event organizers earlier than she made her means off the courtroom to large cheers and applause by her followers.
Williams will play the Western and Southern Open which begins on August 15 after which bow out at the US Open, which begins August 29.
Williams was visibly emotional as she mentioned thanks and goodbye to her Canadian followers
Bencic competed arduous in opposition to Williams and was a deserved winner on the evening in Toronto
Williams, 40, confirmed flashes of her finest however 12th seed Bencic dealt with the event properly
Williams introduced her retirement on Monday, in the newest difficulty of Vogue.
‘I’ve by no means preferred the phrase,’ Williams wrote. ‘It does not really feel like a contemporary phrase to me. I’ve been pondering of this as a transition, however I wish to be delicate about how I exploit that phrase, which suggests one thing very particular and essential to a neighborhood of individuals.
‘Maybe the finest phrase to explain what I’m as much as is evolution,’ she continued. ‘I’m right here to inform you that I’m evolving away from tennis, towards different issues which are essential to me.
‘In the final 12 months, Alexis (her husband) and I’ve been making an attempt to have one other youngster, and we lately obtained some data from my physician that put my thoughts comfy and made me really feel that each time we’re prepared, we will add to our household,’ Williams wrote.
‘I undoubtedly do not wish to be pregnant once more as an athlete. I have to be two toes into tennis or two toes out.’