Serena Williams earns first singles win in over a year at Canadian Open

Williams, whose last singles win came at Roland Garros 2021, had to battle to defeat Párrizas Díaz in nearly two hours, despite what the straight-sets scoreline might suggest.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion lost serve just once in the match, but saved seven break points – including four when trailing 3-4 in the second set – to save Párrizas Díaz , ranked No. 57 in the world. .

That means Williams will face either Belinda Bencic or Tereza Martincova in the second round on Wednesday.

Playing her first singles match in a year at Wimbledon in June, the 40-year-old lost to France’s Harmony Tan in an entertaining encounter and then hinted she could play at home at the US Open, which begins August 29.
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Asked on Monday what drives her to play at this late stage in her career, Williams said: “I guess there’s just a light at the end of the tunnel… Lately it’s over for me. I can’t wait to have in this light.”

“I love acting, so it’s amazing. But, you know, I can’t do this forever,” she added. “Sometimes you just want to do your best to enjoy the moments and do your best.”

Against Párrizas Díaz, Williams showed signs of his signature ball-striking as he hit 32 winners, seven of which were aces.

According Optashe is the fourth woman since 2000 to win a WTA Tour match after turning 40, alongside Martina Navratilova, Kimiko Date Krumm and Williams’ sister Venus.

Venus, 42, was also in action in Toronto on Monday, but lost 6-2 6-3 to Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann.


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