Ex-Grand Slam champion: Serena Williams will maybe start another positive trend

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Ex-Grand Slam champion: Serena Williams will maybe start another positive trend

Former 22-time Grand Slam doubles champion Pam Shriver thinks Serena Williams may "start another positive trend." On Wednesday, Williams concluded her last campaign at the National Bank Open in Toronto. Following a 6-2 6-4 loss to Belinda Bencic in the Toronto second round, Williams addressed the crowd.

It's not usual in tennis to interview on-court the player who ended on the losing side, unless it's a final where all finalists get a chance to say a word or two to the crowd. "For years efforts to hear from the player who comes in second has been a challenge.

It’s usually been no by tennis establishment. @serenawilliams maybe will start another positive trend. Obviously tonight special circumstances, but still fans want to hear from both players," Shriver tweeted.

Williams was very emotional in her speech

Williams, who debuted at the National Bank Open in 2000, was a three-time champion at the tournament.

After concluding her final run at the tournament, Williams admitted Canada was always a place where she loved to come to play tennis. “It was a lot of emotions obviously,” Williams told the crowd after her Toronto exit.

“I love playing here, I’ve always loved playing here. I wish I could have played better but Belinda played so well today. It’s been an interesting 24 hours. As I said in the article, I’m terrible at goodbyes.

But, goodbye Toronto”. Just a day before the Bencic loss, Williams revealed her decision to retire at this year's Us Open. “Anyways, this is what it is,” Williams told the crowd as she wiped away a tear. “I was really happy to be out here today and play in front of you guys, thanks for the support.

Thank you,” Williams will now switch her focus onto next week's WTA 1000 event in Cincinnati. After Cincinnati, Williams will head to New York for the final tournament of her career.

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