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Serena Williams falls in first match since announcing retirement plans

If Serena Williams is looking to build momentum for the final U.S. Open in a few weeks, she'll have to wait.

Williams — this week played her first match since showing her famed tennis at home her stretch of her career — the first of the WTA National Bank Open in Toronto. Lost 6-2, 6-4 to Belinda Bencic in the second round. on wednesday night.

Her 23-time Grand Slam champion, Swiss Bencic, broke twice in the first set and once in the second set, and was unable to undo a shaky serve. did.

Serena Williams, of the United States, runs down a shot from Belinda Bencic

Williams, 40, beat Spain's Nuria Palisas Díaz on Monday, His first singles title since his 2021 French Open 14 months ago.

Williams is still set to play in Cincinnati next week, and the US Open, her six-time Grand Slam, could be her last tournament.

Williams was stepping away from tennis when it was revealed on Tuesday, that she didn't want to use the word retirement.

Serena Williams of the United States waves to the crowd as she leaves the court after losing to Belinda Bencic
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Williams said in Vogue's September issue, which made its digital debut this week.