A three-time Canada Open champion Serena Williams is off to a winning way in Toronto. The 23-time Major champion toppled the Spaniard Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 57 minutes for her first victory on the Tour in 430 days!
Serena prevailed in the decisive points to emerge at the top, securing three breaks and fending off seven of eight break chances. Serena is playing only her second tournament following the last year's Wimbledon, and it's unlikely that we will see her on the Tour often.
Williams dropped a major retirement hint following her victory, saying she could not wait to see the light at the end of the tunnel and get her freedom. Will it happen at the upcoming US Open? We will have to wait and see.
Williams broke Parrizas Diaz in the encounter's game two for an early advantage before spraying a forehand drive-volley error in game three to lose serve. Serena pushed strong on the return at 4-3 and broke her rival with a backhand drive-volley winner.
The American fended off a break point in game nine with an ace and brought it home after many deuces for 6-3 in 41 minutes. The Spaniard earned a break chance at 2-1 in set number two. The American fended it off after an excellent point and a forehand crosscourt winner.
Serena Williams spoke about the end of her career.
Nuria served well in game five and drew another break chance in the next one. Serena denied it with a forehand winner and held for 3-3. Williams missed a break point in game seven after a wayward forehand and worked hard to stay on the positive side in the next one.
Serena denied four break points and fired a service winner for 4-4 and a boost. Williams earned a break point in game nine with a perfect drop shot winner and converted it after an extended rally to open a 5-4 gap. Serena forced the opponent's mistake in game ten to emerge at the top and celebrate the first victory in 14 months.
"I guess there's just a light at the end of the tunnel. I do not know; I'm getting closer to the light. Lately, that's been it for me. I can not wait to get to that light. The light is freedom. I love playing, though, so it's like amazing.
But, you know, I can not do this forever. So it's like sometimes you want to try your best to enjoy the moments and do your best," Serena Williams said.