Serena's US Open plans in disarray as injury hands Andreescu Toronto crown

Serena's US Open plans in disarray as injury hands Andreescu Toronto crown

"I just knew", said Williams, adding she'd undergone hours of treatment before the match to combat the back spasms she'd first felt in a semi-final win on Saturday night.

With big aspirations in mind, Andreescu has worked hard over this past season, and her meteoric rise hasn't come easy.

"Well, that's the most frustrating part is that I've had this before and it's, like, 24, 36 hours where I'm just in insane spasm and then it's, like, gone", said Williams, who wasn't immediately sure whether she'd play next week in Cincinnati.

A few more match victories and the Canadian, who is now situated among the top eight to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in China in October, could find herself in that top-10 category, closing in on the world No. 5 spot Bouchard reached at the height of her career in 2014.

"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today, I tried but I just couldn't do it".

She is definitely someone who doesn't have that button of her going out there. "The past couple of months have been so so so so tough", said Andreescu about her post-match celebrations.

Williams, twice champion of the Cincinnati Masters, was looking to use the tournament to fine-tune ahead of the US Open, which starts on August 26. With that win, Andreescu is now ranked No. 14.

It was the 19-year-old's first Premier 5 title, pushing her into the Top 15 for the first time. The tournament was still played on clay courts and called the Canadian Open when Urban won. "And, hopefully, this win can give me momentum into the U.S. Open".

"You are a beast".

Williams' decision initially caught Andreescu off guard, but the younger player quickly went over to console the 37-year-old American star. She participated in Indian Wells, Miami, and Rome and all her withdrawals were due to her knee injury, but now her back is creating an issue. And Bianca, you're a great sportswoman.

To put it a bit more succinctly: Look out, world.



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