Serena Williams has lost her first loss since announcing her forthcoming retirement from tennis in the second round in Toronto.
The 6-2, 6-4 second-round loss to Belinda Bencic at the National Bank Open came just a day after the 23-time Grand Slam champion claimed her first singles win in more than a year.
The 12th seed, 25, controlled the match from the start with a dominant serve and faced just one break point throughout – which she saved.
Three-time champion Williams saved two break points in the opening set before being broken twice in the opener.
The American’s serve was stronger in the second set before a double fault made it 3-3 to break Bencic and the Swiss rushed to victory.
It was the Olympic champion’s second triumph over Williams at the tournament, having won on the same spot in the semifinals as a teenager in 2015.
Bencic meets eighth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the third round.
It comes after Williams said in a first-person article for Vogue that she has decided to end her career.
“I’m here to tell you I’m evolving away from tennis and towards other things that are important to me,” she wrote.
She has signed on to play the Western and Southern Opens in Cincinnati next week, as well as the US Open later this month, and it appears this will be her final tournament.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/serena-williams-belinda-bencic-toronto-swiss-spain-b2142765.html Serena Williams has suffered her first loss since announcing her impending retirement