Canadian Open: Watch Serena Williams crash badly in her 1st interview

Canadian Open Serena Williams – Serena Williams retirement interview: Serena Williams, who said this week that she will soon call time on her…

Canadian Open Serena Williams – Serena Williams Retirement Interview: Serena Williams, who said this week she would soon call time on her storied tennis career, exited the WTA Toronto Masters for the last time with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Belinda Bencic on Wednesday. The second-round loss to Switzerland’s reigning Olympic gold medalist was hardly unexpected, with the 40-year-old Williams competing in only her third match of 2022. Follow Canadian Open live updates with InsideSport.IN

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Canadian Open: Serena Williams bids tearful farewell to Canada after loss to Belinda Bencic – watch video

Bencic fired eight aces and broke Williams twice in the first set and once in the second, advancing to her first match point after 78 minutes. But Bencic himself said on court in a post-match interview: “Tonight is about him.”

Williams’ farewell interview on the court was threaded with emotion.

“I love playing here, I always love playing here,” He said, appreciating the breathless fans who cheered him throughout the match.

“I wish I could have played better tonight, but Belinda was playing too well.”

Williams, who turns 41 next month, beat Spain’s Nuria Parizas Diaz on Monday for her first singles win since the 2021 French Open 14 months ago. But it sent shockwaves through the game when he revealed in a Vogue magazine article and an Instagram post on Tuesday that the “countdown” to his retirement from the game had begun.

Williams did not specify an actual retirement date but is expected to compete in Cincinnati next week before traveling to the US Open, which starts on August 29. He won the US Open title six times, including his first Grand Slam win at age. 17 in 1999.

“It’s been a pretty interesting 24 hours,” said Williams, who remains one shy of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

“As I said in my article, I’m terrible at goodbyes” she said, her voice breaking. “But, goodbye,” He said, then added with a smile “Toronto.”

“I’ve always had an amazing time here and off the court,” Williams said. “I’ve had some really good matches and some really great wins. It’s been a pleasure to play here for so many years.”

A video tribute was shown to fans before Williams’ match. Before leaving the court he was given jerseys for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and a baby version for daughter Olympia.

Explaining in the Vogue article that she was “evolving away” from tennis, Williams said she wanted to focus on family life and new business ventures.

Her appearance highlighted a day that saw US teenager Coco Gough – who Williams said was “Because I play tennis” — Overcame 13 double-faults to advance to the third round over Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Gough beat Rybakina 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/3) while world number one Iga Suatec – who beat Gough in the French Open final this year – beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 55 6-2 in the minute.

Goff squandered four chances to win in straight sets as a quartet of match points came.

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Canadian Open: Serena Williams bids tearful farewell to Canada after loss to Belinda Bencic – watch video

Kazakhstan’s Rybakina, aided by Gauff’s service struggles, looked like she might pull off another marathon victory after beating Marie Bozkova in the first round, only for Gauff to win.

Swiatek, in contrast, needed just 55 minutes to go ahead. The top-seeded Pole, who has won six titles this season, saved six of the nine break points he faced.

“From the first practice I played here, I felt really good,” Suatek Dr.

Defending champion Camila Giorgi advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Belgium’s Elise Mertens. Spanish fourth seed Paola Badosa played just 13 games before retiring as she trailed 7-5, 1-0 against Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

Canadian Open: Serena Williams bids tearful farewell to Canada after loss to Belinda Bencic – watch video

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