Yes, that happened, Belinda Bencic upset Serena Williams in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup and such a victory nowadays counts more than most WTA tites. Doesn’t it?
When you just did something so awesome that actual fireworks were set off pic.twitter.com/DKOC0D6JZM
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What makes things even more spectacular is that this landmark win comes after Bencic’s this week’s victories over two former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki, who are currently Top 10 players, and Top 25 members Sabine Lisicki and Eugenie Bouchard. Impressive, isn’t it? I won’t mention all Serena’s records and how monumental a victory over her is, but I’ll just say that she has won the last three Grand Slams and this is only her second defeat in 45 matches this season.
The 18-year-old Bencic, unseeded in Toronto, quickly lost the first set to the top-ranked Serena, but found her rhythm towards the end of it and carried that momentum into the second set where she took charge from 3-3. In the decider she even earned a 5-1 lead and the final score was 3-6 7-5 6-4.
The last obstacle for the world No.20 Bencic will be Simona Halep, ranked third in the world, who advanced to the final by beating Sara Errani 6-4 6-4. So far they have played each other once, at last year’s Wimbledon, and Halep won that one in straight sets, 6-4 6-1.
It will be interesting to see who will prevail in this upcoming final, as the favorite Halep stated that she was completely dead after a very tough match, while Bencic is overly excited, is not even thinking about the title now and also needs recovery time. (photos: Jimmie48)