VIDEO: Serena Williams Breaks Down in Tears in Toronto as Daughter Olympia Watches on After Belinda Bencic Loss

Published 08/10/2022, 9:57 PM EDT
Aug 10, 2022; Toronto, ON, Canada; Serena Williams (USA) wipes away a tear after playing her final match in Toronto against Belinda Bencic (not pictured) at Sobeys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, Serena Williams shocked the entire tennis fraternity with her retirement news. The 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed that the US Open 2022 will be the final tournament of her professional tennis career. The decision came out of nowhere, especially after Williams had recently made a comeback from her hamstring injury.

The former world number one is in Toronto to participate in the National Bank Open. However, her campaign came to an end after losing against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the second round of the tournament. Following her loss, Williams bid an emotional exit in her last match in Canada.


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Serena Williams left emotional in her post-match interview

The 40-year-old was emotional during the post-match interview after her second-round defeat as she fondly remembered her memories of playing in Canada. She said, “It was a lot of emotions, obviously. Love playing here. I have always loved playing here. I wish I could’ve played better but Belinda played so well today. It’s been a pretty interesting 24 hours.”

Bidding adieu to Canada, she said, “Its been so memorable, you know. Like I said in my article, I am terrible at goodbyes but goodbye Toronto.”

During the interview, her daughter, Olympia gave a big round of applause to her champion mother.

Coming to her second-round match at the National Bank Open, it was always going to be tough for Serena Williams against the 12th seed Belinda Bencic. The latter dominated the match right from the very start and gave Williams little breathing space on the court.

Veteran U.S. tennis player Serena Williams returns a ball during her match against Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic during the National Bank Open in Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 10, 2022. REUTERS/Cole Burston

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The Swiss star began the match brightly by winning the first set 6-2. Further, she carried the momentum into the second set, winning it comfortably by a margin of 6-4 to enter the next round. In the pre-quarterfinals, Bencic will take on Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

Serena’s record in Canada

The American legend has dominated all across the globe and Canada is no exception. She is a three-time champion at the Canadian Open, apart from finishing runner-up twice. Her first title at the tournament came way back in 2001 when she defeated Jennifer Capriati to emerge victorious.


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Serena Williams will next play at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati before the US Open.



Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.