Andreescu wins Rogers Cup as Williams forced to retire

WTA Toronto Serena Williams retires to hand the title to Bianca Andreescu

During her match against Bianca Andreescu, a back injury got the best of her and prevented her from finishing the match.

"It started yesterday in my match and, it just got worse", she said. She ended on an optimistic tone, saying that despite it being a rough year professionally, she was going to keep going and competing.

"I really have to listen to my body right now, this last week has not been easy on it", she added after beating three top 10 players in her hometown win that thrilled a nation.

"This wasn't the way I expected to win. I´ve watched you play so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court".

Bianca Andreescu (L) tries to console Serena Williams (R) after she withdrew from the championship match during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre in Toronto, Canda, on August 11, 2019. But at this stage in my career, after what I've been through with my shoulder and just injuries in the past, I try not to take anything for granted right now. It's a dream come true.

Beaten by Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final in July, Williams was playing just her 24th match of year already disrupted by nagging knee trouble.

After deciding that she couldn't continue any further, Williams burst into tears as she took her seat near mid-court.

During the award ceremony, 37-year-old Williams acknowledged the Toronto fans for their warm applause.

And although she has won the US Open six times, Williams has not been crowned the champion at New York's Flushing Meadows since 2014. "She definitely doesn't seem like a 19-year-old in her words, on court, and her game, her attitude, her actions". Her previous high was 22nd.

Williams retired after just four games, making Andreescu the champ by default.

"I have more to learn". And how I can become better as a person if I push myself through these tough moments.

Bianca Andreescu's Rogers Cup victory over Serena Williams means the Canadian has now won her first seven career matches against top-10 opponents.

'I'm trying to look at my injury not as a setback but more of a challenge.

CBC Sports' Devin Heroux breaks down Bianca Andreescu's Rogers Cup victory after Serena Williams' stunning decision to retire just 19 minutes into the match.

'I tried to embrace it as much as I can'.

There has not been a home victor of the event, which first took place in 1892, since Faye Urban defeated Vicki Berner in an all-Canadian final in 1969.



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