Belinda Bencic recently announced that she considers her victory over Serena Williams at the 2015 Canadian Open to be one of the most unforgettable moments of her career.
In the latest episode of the Match Point Canada podcast, the Swiss relived her win over the former world No. 1 in the semifinals of the tournament. Interestingly, Willams was also the No. 1 seed.
Bencic added that even getting to play against the 23-time Grand Slam champion was a “very special” memory and hoped to do so again in the future.
“Beat Serena Williams [at the 2015 Canadian Open] is something I will always have in my mind. It’s very special for me to be able to play against them at all,” said Bencic. “It’s a wonderful memory and I hope to do it again.”
The Olympic gold medalist recalled her run at the tournament, where she became the youngest player ever to win the title. Bencic was just 18 years and 23 weeks old when she clinched the 2015 Canadian Open, then called the Rogers Cup.
The unseeded Bencic defeated four former world No. 1s on her way to the title. Including Caroline Wozniacki (Second Round), Ana Ivanovic (Quarterfinals), Serena Williams (Semifinals) and Simona Halep (Finals).
The 24-year-old noted the freedom she played with as a player who was new to the WTA stage and therefore had nothing to lose.
“Sometimes it feels like I just won the title yesterday in Toronto. A lot has happened since then. I was just a kid. I was new to everything so I played very freely. I had nothing to lose and I have everyone Top players beaten,” said Bencic.
The nostalgia associated with the tournament led her to state that if she were healthy and available at the time, she would definitely take part in the tournament this year. She said:
“It was my first major title and I will remember it forever. If I’m healthy and everything else is fine, you can definitely see me at the 2022 Canadian Open.”
Serena Williams leads the neck-and-neck race against Belinda Bencic 3-1
Belinda Bencic’s win over Serena Williams at the 2015 Canadian Open remains her only win against the 40-year-old in four attempts. The two first faced each other at the 2014 Madrid Masters, where Serena won 6-2, 6-1.
Their second meeting came in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open. Williams defeated the Swiss 6-4, 6-3 to win what remains her last Grand Slam title to this day.
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They met again at the 2019 Hopman Cup, where the American prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Despite the loss, Switzerland won the tie and the Roger Federer-Belinda Bencic pair advanced to the final and clinched their second consecutive Hopman Cup title.