Serena Williams competed in her most recent match at the 2022 Canadian Open. In the round of 32 match, Serena faced Swiss Belinda Bencic. Sadly, Bencic defeated the 40-year-old great with scores of 2-6, 4-6. Many spectators came to the match to support Serena, and although she was unable to advance to the round of 16, she still received a heartfelt farewell from both the crowd and her opponent.
Belinda Bencic after winning the match admitted to feeling some sadness over Williams’ retirement, in her post-match interview, Bencic said, “Of course, it’s super nice, but today it’s a little bit more sad in a way. I don’t really want her to retire. I feel like I’ve always, in a way you know what she’s achieved and everything, all her legacy, and career, and everything. But now that it’s soon to be over I feel like people, me included, are realizing it even more. Just standing on the court against her today was just, yeah, really overwhelming, I would say.“
“In a way, with her, it feels almost like I’m star-struck every time I see her, So it’s difficult to play her. It’s difficult to kind of put that aside and just like focus on the match. Because I feel like I just don’t know how I then play because I feel like I’m paralyzed a little bit just like watching her. The crowd was incredible tonight. Just being part of that whole thing, it’s just really very special for me as well and for her. And I think US Open it’s going to be even more special. So good luck to everyone who has to play her,” Bencic added further.
Belinda Bencic pays tribute to Serena Williams on Twitter
Belinda Bencic paid tribute to Serena Williams and all the times they have faced off in a heartfelt post on Twitter. Sharing a collage comprised of pictures of all the times they have shared the court, Bencic wrote, “Greatest of all time @Serenawilliams. Im so lucky i was able to step on the same court with you so many times”
The two have faced off 3 times, with Serena leading the head-to-head 2-1. Bencic won their most recent and quite possibly, their last encounter at the Canadian Open.