(ANSA) – TORONTO, AUGUST 09 – More than a year after her last success on a tennis court, in Paris in June 2021, Serena Williams returned to win by beating the Spanish Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6-3 6-4 , n.57 in the world, in a match of the first round of the ‘National Bank Open’, a WTA 1000 tournament with a prize pool of $ 2,697,250 on the Toronto concrete stage. The former No. 1 in women’s tennis, who is now almost 41 years old (she will turn it on September 26), played with a ‘tape’ on her face, on the cheekbone under her right eye, to relieve the discomfort of chronic sinusitis that conditions her in training and in matches. Now her next match will be against the winner of the match between Belinda Bencic, # 12 in the world, and Tereza Martinkova, # 71.
“I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I am getting closer to it – Williams commented after her match -. I can’t wait to get to that light. I love playing and being on the pitch, it’s fantastic. but I can’t do it forever. Sometimes you just want to try to enjoy the ;; moment and do your best. “
Also in the first round of the ‘National Bank Open’ in Toronto, 28-year-old left-handed from Florence Martina Trevisan, n. 26 of the world, who lost 6-2 2-6 6-2, after more than two hours of fighting, against the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia. (HANDLE).