Serena Williams was excited to play the Rogers Cup in Toronto again for the first time in four years. Speaking to reporters on Sunday before the tournament started, the former world No. 1 said: “I love my job, I love what I do and I say this all the time.
I feel really blessed and fortunate to have my career. It’s fun to be part of an elite group of people that can go out and play in front of an amazing crowd. It’s not much incredibly longer that I am going to be able to do that.
It’s just that there are not many people who can do that and I am proud to be part of it”. Serena played her first match in Canada back in 1995 in Quebec, losing 6-1, 6-1. “All I remember was that I was incredibly nervous and I couldn’t believe that I was playing.
I just couldn’t deal with the nerves, it was a lot for me", admitted Williams. "I lost in like 30 minutes or something and I just needed to go home and get a lot better. Then when I came back I was more ready to play on the professional circuit.
I think whenever I come here I have so much fun. I love the city and know it really well. I’m always here a lot, even without the tournaments. I just love being here after so many years. I’m feeling good my knee is much better since before Wimbledon.
Now that that’s better I feel like I can start doing a lot better." The 23-time Grand Slam champion, however, had a painful ending to her Rogers Cup campaign. In the final against Canada's Bianca Andreescu on Sunday, Serena retired while down 1-3 in the first set with a back injury.