Serena’s intimidating aura still intact

Serena Williams might be in the last leg of her vocation, yet the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s air remains, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic said Wednesday.

“You can feel her presence all over. She has that air …regardless of whether you like it you are threatened, you are frightened,” said Bencic, who by and by figured out how to suppress her feelings and beat Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the previous world number one’s last match at the WTA Toronto Masters.

“I’m captivated each time I see her, it’s so hard to play her,” Bencic said. “I feel like I’m deadened somewhat, just, such as, watching her.”

Williams, who turns 41 one month from now, had beaten Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz on Monday for her most memorable singles triumph since the 2021 French Open, 14 months prior.

She uncovered in an exposition in Vogue magazine and an Instagram post on Tuesday that “the commencement has started” to her retirement from the game.

She is supposed to contend one week from now in Cincinnati and at the US Open in the not so distant future prior to directing her concentration toward new business pursuits and her everyday life.

“It was a truly unique match, the event was huge,” said Bencic, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo last year.

“It was something beyond around tennis, it was actually about Serena and her vocation.”

Bencic guaranteed her second vocation triumph over Williams.

She was a 18-year-old on the ascent when she paralyzed the American in the semi-finals at Toronto a long time back.

“It certainly felt exceptionally unique to have the option to be on court with her today once more,” Bencic said. “I never envisioned truly playing against her – – and beating her two times now in Toronto.”

Wednesday’s triumph, nonetheless, was mixed.

“Today is somewhat more miserable as it were,” Bencic said. “I don’t actually need her to retire.”Costner portrayed a recognition video for Liotta that was broadcasted in the first.

“Long live Shoeless Joe and long live Ray,” Costner said.


Lobby of Fame right-hander John Smoltz was on the transmission for FOX Sports after his dad, John Adam Smoltz, passed on prior Thursday.

“He lived by his confidence, he adored family and he would be so frantic in the event that I didn’t do this game,” the 55-year-old Smoltz said during the transmission.


Fledglings: Willson Contreras seemed to move his left lower leg when he attempted to run back to second subsequent to adjusting the pack on Patrick Wisdom’s single in the third. He was labeled out, yet he was back behind the plate for the base portion of the inning.

Reds: 2B Jonathan India (leg wound) was supplanted by Reynolds before the beginning of the fourth. India was hit on his lower left leg by a contribute the first. Administrator David Bell said India is everyday.


Following an off day, the three-game series resumes on Saturday in Cincinnati. Graham Ashcraft (5-2, 3.94 ERA) pitches for the Reds, and individual right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-3, 3.83 ERA) begins for the Cubs.

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