Swiss teen Belinda Bencic stuns Serena Williams in semis

Aug 17, 2015, 08:13 IST | AFP

18-year-old shocks 21-time Grand Slam champ 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in Rogers Cup semi-finals

Toronto: World No 1 Serena Williams was sent crashing out of the WTA Rogers Cup after being upset by Swiss teen Belinda Bencic in a three-set marathon semi-final on Saturday.

Serena Williams
USA’s Serena Williams is dejected after losing a point to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the Rogers Cup semi-final in Toronto on Saturday

The 33-year-old Williams, a 21-time Grand Slam-winner, suffered just her second loss of 2015 as the oldest and youngest players in the draw clashed in a tense two-hour, 28-minute showdown. Bencic (18) stormed from behind to win
3-6, 7-5, 6-4, snapping Williams’ 14-match win streak here to book her spot in Sunday’s final against second seed Simona Halep.

Bencic is ecstatic after beating Williams 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. pics/afp

Bencic closed out the contest on her first match point by smashing a forehand winner into the open court. She bent over and covered her face with both hands soaking in the biggest victory of her blossoming career. “I can’t describe the feeling.

I’m just so happy the forehand landed in and she couldn’t reach it,” said Bencic, the youngest player to beat Williams in a complete match since the American lost to a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova in the 2004 Wimbledon final.

“I played real crappy today. I played like an amateur to be honest,” said Williams.

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