“Goodbye Toronto” – Serena Williams

The 40-year-old American hinted this week that she would retire from tennis after the US Open.

Serena Williams was playing her first game since announcing her retirement.

Photo: Getty Images/Vaughn Ridley

During the post-match on-court interview, Williams received a standing ovation from the 12,500 spectators and she was visibly moved.

It’s a lot of emotions, admitted Williams. I loved playing here, I wish I had played better today.

The tennis legend pointed out that he played crazy matches in Toronto. She also thanked from the bottom of the heart the crowd and threw a goodbye toronto with tears in his eyes.

The American won her first match of the year on Monday, six weeks after her failed return to Wimbledon. She will be due next week in Cincinnati ahead of the US Open at the end of the month, which she has won six times and seems to be the place to say goodbye.

Andreescu in the third round

A tennis player smiles after completing a set.

Bianca Andreescu

Photo: The Canadian Press / Nathan Denette

Bianca Andreescu got her revenge against Alizé Cornet on Wednesday night in the second round of the National Bank Open in Toronto.

The Canadian won in three sets of 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3 against the French who had beaten her twice in the past.

Andreescu looked much better than the day before, but sometimes made bad decisions at important moments.

In the end, Cornet will have committed eight double faults against one for the Ontarian.

The match lasted 2 hours 26 minutes.

Bianca Andreescu in action on the court at the National Bank Open.

Bianca Andreescu defeated Daria Kasatkina in the second round of the National Bank Open.

Photo: Getty Images/Vaughn Ridley

Leylah Annie Fernandez eliminated

Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez also bowed out in the second round on Wednesday against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Fernando, 13e seeded, was tough in the first set, but was clearly dominated in the second to finally lose 6-7 (4/7) and 1-6 in front of her rival, 24e world racket in 1 h 38 min.

Haddad Maia started the second set strong by winning the first three games. The Quebecer won the next game to put herself on the scoreboard, but she was then outplayed. Haddad Maia closed the books by winning three more straight games.

Leylah Fernandez prepares for her return.

Match between Leylah Annie Fernandez and Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Chris Young

Efficient in service, the Brazilian allowed only two break points, however converted, to Fernandez.

I made a few more mistakes, I wanted to force a little more and finally I missed easy balls, important balls, admitted the 19-year-old player. That was the big point that made the second set one-sided and not as tight.

The Canadian was back on court in Toronto early in the evening as she played a doubles match with her sister, Bianca Fernandez. The Fernandez duo, however, were quickly beaten by the pair of Chilean Alexa Guarachi and Slovenian Andreja Klepac in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. The game was over in 47 minutes.

Recall that Leylah Annie Fernandez was making a return to play in Toronto. She had been sidelined for the past two months with a stress fracture in her foot (New window).

Another Canadian was in doubles action on Wednesday night. Gabriella Dabrowski, accompanied by Mexico’s Giuliana Olmos, beat Asia Muhammad and Ena Shibahara in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

As for Haddad Maia, she now has an appointment with world number one Iga Swiatek.

The Polish and favorite was, for her part, expeditious in the second round, sharply beating Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in barely an hour of play.

She defeated her opponent in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the third round for the second straight year in Canada.

This victory was the 48th of the season for the 21-year-old Polish, who sits at the top of the standings since April 4.

She did not play a match in the first round since she had a bye.

Last year, Swiatek bowed out in the third round in front of the Japanese Naomi Osaka, then second seed, but forced to retire yesterday.

Gauff also advances

She celebrates her victory in Toronto.

Coco Gauff

Photo: The Canadian Press/Chris Young

Coco Gauff, seeded 10, defeated Kazahke Elena Rybakina.

The 18-year-old American star needed almost three hours to win in three sets of 6-4, 6-7 (8/10) and 7-6 (7/3).

Gauff will face sixth seed Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka or Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the next round.

Other results of the day:

  • Camila Giorgi (ITA) beats Elise Mertens (BEL) 6-3, 7-5
  • Karolina Pliskova (CZE/no 14) defeated Amanda Anisimova 6-1, 6-1
  • Alison Riske (USA) beats JElena Ostapenko (LAT/no16) 7-6 (7/2), 0-6, 7-5
  • Jessica Pegula (USA/No. 7) United States Asia Muhammad (USA) 6-2, 7-5
  • Simona Halep (ROU/no 15) beat Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-4, 6-2
  • Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeats Paula Badosa (ESP/no 4) 7-5, 1-0 (retirement)
  • Aryna Sabalenka (BLR/no 6) beat Sara Sorribes (ESP) 6-4, 6-3
  • Jil Teichmann (SUI) defeated Anett Kontaveit (EST/no 2) 6-4, 6-4
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