Bencic halts Williams' comeback with convincing win in Toronto

The fairytale comeback for Serena Williams came to an end on Wednesday night at the National Bank Open (Rogers Cup), as the American was defeated by Belinda Bencic in straight sets.

Bencic looked to be in control during the 6-2 6-4 victory, saving the only break point faced. The 12th seed broke Williams early in the first set and never looked back, as the 23-time Grand Slam champion struggled to keep up with her younger opponent.

With the first set in hand, Bencic dictated play using short angles and a precise first serve. The Olympic gold medalist won 15 of 16 points behind her first serve in the second set, and did not face a break point. A single break was enough for Bencic to clinch the victory, which she did after an hour and 17 minutes of play.

After having made her retirement plans clear, Williams is next set to compete at the Western & Southern Open, before making a final appearance at the US Open.

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