Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

Serena Williams in tears after retiring from Rogers Cup final against Bianca Andreescu | Tennis | Sport

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Williams had enjoyed an impressive week, beating the likes of Naomi Osaka, to reach the final in Toronto.

And the 23-time Grand Slam champion was meeting the hometown favourite Andreescu for the first time, but to the disappointment of the sell-out crowd, the eagerly anticipated final came to an abrupt end.

Andreescu broke early in the first set to lead 2-1 and then consolidated the break after an unforced error from Williams.

But after losing the game, Williams tried to hold back the tears as she walked to her chair and called for a trainer.

After talking to the physio it was announced Williams would no longer be able to continue and Andreescu walked over and embraced her distraught opponent.

A tearful Williams said in the trophy ceremony: “I’m sorry I can’t do it today, I tried but I just couldn’t do it.

“Thank you, Jehovah for letting me come out here. Bianca, you’re a great sportswoman. Thanks to my team.

“It’s been a tough year, but we’ll keep going.”

With the victory, Andreescu becomes the first Canadian woman to win the final of the Rogers Cup since 1969.

And on Monday, she will move into the top 20 of the WTA rankings at world No 14.

Andreescu said: “Serena you made me cry a bunch over there. I know what it’s like to pull out of tournaments and be injured.

“But you’re truly a champion, I’ve watched you play so many times. You are truly a champion on and off the court.

“I’m speechless right now. I’m the first Canadian to make the final and win this tournament since 1969.

“This week has not been easy, I’ve had many many tough matches, and especially what I’ve been through the last two months hasn’t been easy.

“I kept telling myself never give up.”

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