Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
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Can Rogers Cup champion Andreescu make life even more Grand?

Can Rogers Cup champion Andreescu make life even more Grand?

Tennis champion Serena Williams suffered a devastating ending to her brief run at the Rogers Cup final on Sunday when she made the hard decision to retire from the tournament due to a back injury.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor was only able to last 16 minutes in the match.

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.

"I know Billie Jean King and even Serena have fought for women's equality".

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

Serena Williams' own injury at the Rogers Cup essentially handed Bianca Andreescu the championship, but Andreescu had nothing but kind words for the tennis star. But I just I couldn't do it. Thanks to Jehovah for letting me come out here. "It just means that I still have things to improve to win these type of matches and to deal better with these type of moments". They got so bad that she was unable to sleep and could not really move but she added that she at least wanted to try and play the final.

Williams won Cincinnati in 2014 and 2015 but went out in the second round to Petra Kvitova past year.

It was Murray's first singles match since the Australian Open in January after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery, which left the former world number one's stellar career in serious doubt.

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After her tearful on-court exchange with Williams, and the trophy presentation, Andreescu did a long list of interviews. "All I remember was that I was incredibly nervous and I couldn't believe that I was playing". I didn't want to take a wild card today because I just didn't know how I was going to feel after a match. "I'll have to wait and see".

This is Andreescu's second WTA title of the year, which includes the Indian Wells Masters.

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.

"I'm speechless. I'm the first Canadian to win here since 1969". I've watched you play so many times.

The 19-year-old Andeescu, a Mississauga, Ont. native, was the first Canadian woman to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years.

"This week has not been easy".

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