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Serena Williams dies in second round in Toronto

TORONTO ( Associated Press) – Serena Williams collapsed in her first match on Wednesday after announcing to the world that she was ready to say goodbye to professional tennis.

No one knows how many games Williams will play before saying goodbye. For now, the winner of 23 Grand Slam titles has bid adieu to the Toronto Masters after losing 6-2, 6-4 to Swiss Belinda Bencic.

“Apparently a lot of emotion,” Williams said, her voice cracking during her on-court interview.

“I would have liked to play better,” he told the fans. “Belinda played very well today.”

The second-round match at the US Open practice tournament came a day after the 40-year-old star announced that she had “started the countdown” to her active career, adding that she wanted to have another child and start new businesses. wants to do

He did not specify what his last tournament would be, but hinted that it could take place at the US Open, which starts on August 29 in New York.

“It’s been a very interesting 24 hours,” Williams said after the game.

“I’m so bad with goodbyes,” he said with his hand touching his chest. “But goodbye, Toronto!”

Three-time champion Williams started off well with an ace in the Canadian city. He scored another goal in the first game, showing excellent serve to help him to his many victories.

But with a leg injury that kept him out of the tour for the final part of 2021 and the first half of 2022, he played only his third match in the last 12 months, and it showed.

It didn’t help that Williams faced a 15-year-younger and significantly more talented opponent. Bencic, ranked 12th in the world, won a gold medal for Switzerland at last year’s Tokyo Olympics and has reached the Grand Slam semi-finals.

Bencic won the final as an 18-year-old in Toronto in 2015, when she held the distinction of being the youngest ever to defeat Williams in the semi-finals, considered by many to be the greatest of all time.

The Swiss will next face Spanish-Venezuelan Garbine Muguruza, the two-time champion of the tournament, who accounted for the Estonian Kaia.

In other matches, 14th seed Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Camila Giorgi and world number one Inga Swietek advanced to the next round.

Meanwhile, second seed Annette Kontaveit lost to Swiss Jill Teichmann 6-4, 6-4. Other favorites included Paula Badosa (4th), Ons Jabur (5th), Leyla Fernandez (13th) and Jelena Ostapenko (16th).

Last month, Wimbledon finalist Jabeur abandoned his match against Zheng Qinwen in the second set with a stomach ache. Spain’s Badosa left Yulia Pituntseva in the middle of their match, leaving Yulia Pituntseva behind.

Local Coco Gauff defeated Kazakh Yelena Rybakina 6-4, 7-6 (8) and 7-6 (3), Wimbledon champion.

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