Serena Williams announced her retirement from tennis a day ago and revealed that she would be hanging her boots after the US Open. The 40-year-old has won 23 grand slam titles in her career and is also debated to be the greatest tennis player to have played the sport. Serena came back after a year at Wimbledon this season and the talks were once again about her much-anticipated 24th major title.
For the last 5 years, Serena is chasing that elusive 24th major title in order to equal Margaret Court’s record of most major titles but despite coming very close many times, she hasn’t tasted silverware yet. This week at the Canadian Open, Serena lost to Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in the second round in straight sets 2-6,4-6 and for the last time in her career, played a match in Canada.
Serena Williams gets emotional after laying her last match in Toronto
To watch this spectacle, fans showed up in huge numbers and rooted for Serena. After losing the match, she got emotional in her speech on the court. She reflected back on the last 24 hours in her life and got emotional towards the end.
“It was a lot of emotions obviously,” Williams told the crowd. “I love playing here, I’ve always loved playing here. I wish I could have played better but Belinda played so well today. It’s been an interesting 24 hours. As I said in the article, I’m terrible at goodbyes. But, goodbye Toronto.”
Williams then received a lot of gifts from the tournament organizers including a picture frame and a beautiful bouquet. She then walked off the court and was treated with a huge roar and a round of never-ending applause. Serena waved to the crowd and couldn’t hold back her tears as she walked off the court for the last time in Canada.
Serena will next play at the Cincinnati Open before eventually playing her last tournament at the US Open.