Serena Williams wiping tears for the last time. left the canadian open

The 40-year-old tennis champion takes to the court in Toronto for his first match as

She announced that she would start turning away from tennis competing in the upcoming US Open.

North of the border their farewell efforts stalled in the second round of the Canadian Open,

Although; Williams on Wednesday, the world number 12 player and

She lost in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 against 2020 Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic

According to the video, Williams received a standing ovation from the crowd on Center Court at Sobeys Stadium,

Wednesday praised Bencic's game as she went to court and in a post-match interview

And told Tennis Channel that he talked about his retirement plans in a Vogue interview

"It's just been so memorable," Williams told the outlet.

"As I said in my article, I'm terrible at saying goodbye, but...bye, Toronto!"