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Serena (back) retires early in Rogers Cup final

Bianca Andreescu 2019 Toronto Serena (back) retires early in Rogers Cup final
Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2019, 06:39

And 19-year-old Andreescu rushed to comfort upset Williams instead of immediately celebrating in front of her home crowd in Toronto. She remembers swinging her racquet at Willistead Park which used to have a tennis court and Jackson Park, and practicing at Assumption College's handball alleys which meant less time retrieving tennis balls. Instead, she broke down in tears.

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After the chair umpire announced the retirement, Williams started to cry on her bench.

In the final against Canada's Bianca Andreescu on Sunday, Serena retired while down 1-3 in the first set with a back injury.

Prior to Monday, Andreescu's previous career-best ranking was No. 22.

It leaves us with two words of our own: What's next?

Very few things can stop Rafael Nadal, especially at the Rogers Cup. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments. She won in Indian Wells in March for her first WTA Tour title.

When healthy, Andreescu has been virtually unstoppable.

"Yo, I've watched you your whole career, you're a f-ing beast", a kneeling Andreescu told a teary-eyed Serena Williams as she sat courtside.

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This season, she has gone 38-5 across all levels, and Sunday's result marked her 17th straight win, not counting when she has had to retire or withdraw from matches due to injury.

"I really have to listen to my body right now, this last week has not been easy on it", Andreescu said.

And with the US Open starting on August 26, the legendary Williams is in a race to be fit for a potential fortnight's run on New York's hard courts.

She tried to bully the smaller Halep, who was able to track down and absorb the legend's power strokes.

Bouzkova's week included wins over 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko and a clash with Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, who retired hurt after dropping the first set of their quarter-final. She's quick. She gets low for the ball...

"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today". I'm the first Canadian to make the final and win this tournament since 1969.

The 19-year-old Andreescu, from nearby Mississauga, has victories over seven of the top 10 players in the world.

Momentum is indeed on her side. "I've had many, many tough matches".

Now Andreescu is poised to not only enter the US Open as a seeded player later this month, but she's also a threat to become the first Canadian to ever win a Grand Slam singles title.