By Brodie Widdifield
(August 15, 2015) TORONTO, Canada – It started quietly, but it ended in fireworks.
Belinda Bencic has been a name of the lips of many WTA fans this year. It started with a coaching partnership with fellow Swiss Martina Hingis, and her impressive win over Agnieszka Radwanska at Eastbourne gave her a first WTA title. She kicked off her hard court swing in Toronto with a series of impressive wins over Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki and Ana Ivanovic.
But no one saw this coming.
Bencic took on world No. 1 Serena Williams Saturday night and it quickly looked like match might not be anything more than an exhibition of the American’s ability to change angles and attack. Williams raced out to a 5-1 lead in just 33 minutes, taking the set 6-3.
The young Swiss player did manage to construct some better points at the end of the set, and she managed to get a foot hold in the match. The players traded serves, but Serena’s serving quickly began to deteriorate, eventually ending with her being broken in the middle of the set and taking her frustration out violently on her racquet. “I think I played really crappy today. And I don’t think you would disagree,” said Williams. “I was just really struggling with my serve today and everything wasn’t right with it.”
Belinda failed to close out the second set at first, but eventually broke at 5-6 as the lights got brighter and the noise from the crowd grew louder. “Obviously she wasn’t serving as great as she normally does,” said the Swiss. “But I think I tried to read her serve also I read it better in the end, and I was returning sometimes very good on the big points.”
The struggles continued for Serena into the third set and Belinda raced to a 4-0 lead. Williams fought back to get things on serve. “I was very nervous in that moment, but I told myself today is my chance and I really have to stay focused and be mentally tough, even if I didn’t do it on the first try.” But the Swiss completed the upset, breaking at 4-5 and taking the match 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
“In the end it was just so loud, and I didn’t think anything.”
The win was undoubtedly the biggest of her young career. “I can’t describe the feeling right now. I was very overwhelmed from the situation on the court, but I’m just so happy the forehand landed in and she couldn’t reach it anymore. It was an incredible feeling. I have no words.”
This was just the second loss on the year for the 33-year-old Serena Williams.
The 18-year-old Bencic will take on Romanian Simona Halep in Sunday’s final. Halep defeated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4 earlier in the day. “She’s an amazing player. She’s so consistent all of the year and definitely going to be a hard match, but I think today I have to enjoy this victory and tomorrow I will look what I can do against her.”
Brodie Widdifield is the author of the tennis web site mindtheracket.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @MindTheRacket. He is covering the Rogers Cup in Toronto for Tennis Panorama News, follow @TennisNewsTPN for updates.
TORONTO RESULTS, SATURDAY AUGUST 15, 2015
Singles – Semifinals
B. Bencic (SUI) d  S. Williams (USA) 36 75 64
 [WC] S. Halep (ROU) d  S. Errani (ITA) 64 64
 C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d  M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) 63 62
 B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE) 64 76(5)
MONTREAL RESULTS, SATURDAY AUGUST 15, 2015
Singles – Semifinals / Demi-finales
 N. Djokovic (SRB) d J. Chardy (FRA) 64 64
 A. Murray (GBR) d  K. Nishikori (JPN) 63 60
Doubles- Semifinals / Demi-finales
 B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d  A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) 67(7) 64 10-7
D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [PR] N. Djokovic (SRB) / J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 36 61 10-4
TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 1:00
B. Bencic (SUI) vs  [WC] S. Halep (ROU)
 C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs  B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)
MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY AUGUST 16, 2015
COURT CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
 B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
 N. Djokovic (SRB) vs  A. Murray (GBR)