Following Serena Williams’ retirement announcement, she lost to Belinda Bencic, who beat her in straight sets in the second round of the Canadian Open on Wednesday night.
The tennis player lost to Bencic in a 6-2 6-4 score.
After the match, Serena Williams appreciated her fans in Canada for the support they showed her throughout her career.
“It was a lot of emotion, I love playing here and always love paying here. I wish I could have played better but Belinda played so well today. It has been an interesting 24 hours. I have always had some amazing times here on and off court and I’ll be coming back as a visitor to the city. I’ve had some crazy matches here,” Williams expressed.
Speaking also, Bencic said, “Tonight was really special, it is also overwhelming as it is always an honor to play Serena. Tonight is about her.”
Before she left the court, the tournament organisers handed Williams gifts, including flowers.
Williams will still play the Western and Southern Open, which begins on August 15, before she plays her final match at the US Open, which starts on August 29.