Serena Williams Emotionally Bids Farewell After Defeat at Canadian Open

Global tennis icon Serena Williams has officially retired from the sport, as announced in a Vogue article published on Tuesday, August 9. A day after her retirement announcement, Williams played her last match at the Canadian Open in Toronto, where she bid an emotional farewell following her defeat to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

In front of a supportive crowd at Sobeys Stadium, Williams received a standing ovation as she stepped onto the Center Court. Bencic, the 2020 Olympic gold medalist, secured a victory over Williams in straight sets with scores of 6-2 and 6-4. This match marked Williams’ final appearance at the Canadian Open as a competitor, and tears flowed as she acknowledged the emotional moment.

Williams, a three-time winner of the event in the past, was presented with Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs jerseys for herself and her daughter. She was also honored with a lavish bouquet of flowers, which further touched her emotions.

Acknowledging that she’s “terrible at goodbyes,” Serena Williams simply bid farewell to Toronto with the words, “Goodbye, Toronto,” prompting another standing ovation and enthusiastic applause from the crowd.

During her post-match interview, Williams reflected on the “interesting 24 hours” since her retirement announcement and expressed her desire to have played a better game. She praised Bencic for her excellent performance on the court.

In her Vogue article, Williams, now 40 years old, explained her decision to retire as an evolution toward other important aspects of her life, particularly her family and the desire to expand it. She emphasized that she shouldn’t have to choose between her family and her career, highlighting the challenges faced by many women in similar situations.

Williams will make one last appearance at the US Open in New York City, an event where she has won six of her 23 Grand Slam titles. With her final appearance at the iconic tournament, Serena Williams is aiming to secure her 24th Grand Slam title.

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