Swiss teen Bencic shocks Serena in Toronto
TORONTO (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams was dumped out of the Rogers Cup semi-finals 3-6 7-5 6-4 by rising Swiss talent Belinda Bencic, who will meet Simona Halep in Sunday's final after the Romanian second seed beat Sara Errani in straight sets.
Saturday's defeat was just the second in 45 matches this season for Williams, who has won the first three grand slams of the year and will be favorite for a fourth when the U.S. Open kicks off at the end of the month.
The unseeded Bencic, who also beat former world number ones Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic in Toronto, wore a look of disbelief after the 18-year-old's forehand winner whizzed past Williams to seal the match.
Bencic dropped her racket and covered her face with her hands before the tears started to flow.
“I can’t believe it now,” said Bencic said. “The first set was just too fast for me, I think. But then I adapted to the game in the second set, and then I was just fighting. I mean I had 5-1 (in the third set). I’m so happy. It’s amazing."
Bencic will play for title against Halep, who beat Italian Errani 6-4 6-4 in the other semi-final.
“I’m not thinking about the title right now," said Bencic. "I have to recover from today.”
There looked to be little danger for Williams as she blazed to a 5-1 lead in the opening set and took it in just 33 minutes.
Bencic played much better in the final few games of the set, however, and carried that momentum into the second, where she took control after the score was tied at 3-3. Continued...