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“I don’t really want her to retire,” Belinda Bencic gives an emotional farewell to Serena Williams after beating her in Toronto

Belinda Bencic defeated Serena Williams at the Canadian Open but the Swiss Professional was emotional seeing Williams retire and play her last match in Toronto.

Belinda Bencic and Serena Williams

Serena Williams, the 40-year-old American professional is widely regarded as the greatest female tennis player of all time, the American icon dropped her retirement bomb a few days ago. Williams announced that the US Open which is right around the corner is going to be the last tournament of her career.

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With 23 Grand Slam titles to her name and many other titles, Williams is hugely credited with revolutionizing the women’s game for future generations to come. The public and fellow sportsmen alike look up to the American icon as a source of inspiration, the news of her retirement has made millions around the world emotional.

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Belinda Bencic gets emotional after beating Serena Williams in Toronto

Serena Williams

Serena Williams played her most recent match at the 2022 Canadian Open, Serena faced Swiss professional Belinda Bencic in the round of 32 fixture of the tournament. The 40-year-old legend, unfortunately, lost the match to Bencic by 2-6, 4-6. To watch the match, fans came in large numbers to cheer Serena on, and even though she could not progress to the round of 16, Williams received an overwhelming farewell from the crowd and her opponent as well.

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

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Akshit Bhatnagar is an avid sports fan who covers Tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from JECRC University, Jaipur. He is a huge Tennis and Football fan who supports Bayern Munich and loves Novak Djokovic.