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Serena Williams bids farewell to Toronto after Canadian Open loss to Belinda Bencic

Serena Williams bids farewell to Toronto after Canadian Open loss to Belinda Bencic

Aug 11
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Serena Williams left the National Bank Open on Wednesday night, wiping away her tears after losing 6-2, 6-4 to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.

In her final tournament in Toronto, the 23-time Grand Slam champion entered the court without a smile, even though she was greeted by a standing ovation. She made no movement and just took a sip of water.

Some people in the crowd used their smartphone cameras to capture the moment.

Some held homemade signs that adorned the stands. “We love you, Serena,” one of them read. “Thank you for the 4 years,” said another. Another simply said, “Queen.”

The crowd cheered her on throughout the match, and when it was over, the 40-year-old became emotional while waiting for a prolonged standing ovation to end before speaking to the audience.

“A lot of emotions, obviously,” Williams said to the crowds, speaking about the match. “I love playing here, I’ve always loved playing here. I wish I could have played better but Belinda played so well today. It’s been an interesting 24 hours.”

Williams has been forthright about her emotions since implying in an interview with Vogue magazine that she may retire after the U.S. Open, which begins on August 29. She intends to concentrate on her Serena Ventures company and other endeavors. She also wants her daughter Olympia to have a baby sister or brother.

“I’m terrible at goodbyes, but goodbye, Toronto!” Williams said holding back tears, putting her hand over her chest.

Her farewell tour continues next week with the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, which serves as a warm-up for the year’s final Grand Slam event.

On Wednesday, Williams faced the 25-year-old Bencic, who won a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s always an honor to be on the court with her,” Bencic said after the match, “and that’s why I think tonight is about her.”

The Queen of Tennis

Serena Williams has won 73 singles titles, 23 doubles titles, and two mixed doubles titles in her career.

Aug 10, 2022; Toronto, ON, Canada; Serena Williams (USA) shakes hands with Belinda Bencic (SUI) after being defeated in her final match in Toronto at Sobeys Stadium. Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

"I’ve been reluctant to admit that I have to move on from playing tennis. It’s like a taboo topic. It comes up, and I start to cry. I think the only person I’ve really gone there with is my therapist."

- Serena Williams

"These days, if I have to choose between building my tennis resume and building my family, I choose the latter."

- Serena Williams

"She's used tennis as a platform way beyond just the sport. Making it better for women, particularly better for women of colour. You're the best."

- Billie Jean King

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  • Serena Williams

    Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. She has been ranked singles world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association for 319 weeks,

  • Belinda Bencic

    Belinda Bencic is a Swiss professional tennis player. She has a career-high ranking of No. 4 by the Women's Tennis Association which she achieved in February 2020.