TORONTO, Canada – Serena Williams, who announced her imminent retirement from the sporting event on Tuesday, said goodbye to Toronto on Wednesday night after being kicked out of the Canadian Masters by Swiss Belinda Bencic.
Williams, who will turn 41 at the end of September and has returned to competition after more than a year of unemployment, was defeated by Bencic 6-2, 6-4 in straight sets.
World number 12 Bencic needed only 77 minutes to finish the tennis player who won the most Grand Slam titles in 23-year history, and has won the Canadian tournament three times in the past.
The Swiss player, who will now face Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the next round of Canada’s tournament, scored eight direct serve points and won 84% of her first serve.
With serve as his main weapon, the Swiss controlled Williams without a problem, who had only one opportunity to break his opponent’s serve throughout the match, which he could not achieve.
For his part, Bencic broke Williams twice in the first set. In the second set, Williams settled more on the court and stood for the Swiss until the seventh game, Bencic again breaking the American serve.
The Serbian is now only one title away from reaching Spanish Rafa Nadal as the tennis player with the most Grand Slams.
As the game ended, Williams thanked the Canadian public for their support, saying he would have played better.
Williams explained she was not good enough for a goodbye, as she announced her retirement from tennis in a letter published in Vogue on Tuesday.
“But goodbye Toronto,” said the tennis player, adding that she had always enjoyed the Canadian city “on and off the court.”
“I’ll just come back as a visitor. But otherwise it’s been amazing. I’ve had some really amazing games here and some really great wins.”