Andreescu, 19, to face Serena in Rogers Cup final

Andreescu, 19, to face Serena in Rogers Cup final

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has become the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in half a century.

Williams, attempting to claim her first WTA Tour title since returning from maternity leave, was a break down at 3-1 in the first set in Toronto on Sunday when she declared she was unable to continue.

Williams, who hopes to chase a record-equalling 24th career Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, seemed fine on court but suddenly sat crying in her chair before deciding to retire 19 minutes into the match with a back injury.

She telegraphed going for an overhand smash but then just tapped the ball to drop her shot neatly in bounds.

Andreescu finally sealed the match on a backhand victor. 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've watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court". She ended on an optimistic tone, saying that despite it being a rough year professionally, she was going to keep going and competing. Her world ranking will rise from 27th to 14th on Monday. I tried but I just couldn't do it.

The American was a break down in the first set when she withdrew.

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

Throw in the fact that Sunday's women's doubles finals also starred a Canadian, Gabriela Dombrowski, and the stage was set for as highly-anticipated a final day as there's been at the Rogers Cup.

Williams reportedly explained that the issues had begun Saturday night during her semifinal victory over Marie Bouskova. Her body language was far from best and it was all over when Bianca held in game four to confirm the break and move 3-1 up.

Making a full return in front of the home fans, Andreescu gave her 120% to overcome all the rivals before the final, ousting three top-10 players in total to improve her tally against them to a ideal 7-0 at such a young age. She'll wake up tomorrow ranked 14th, the highest-ranked teenager on Earth.

"I know what to expect from her", said Andreescu.

The Rogers Cup was Andreescu's first tournament after a right-shoulder injury sidelined her since the French Open in May. The 37-year-old has been on a roller coaster ride since returning to action after the birth of her child, and was eyeing her first tournament victory since 2017.

She's not evading anybody's radar after this week - and certainly not in this country, where she's captivated tennis fans with her gritty performances, logging over 12 hours of court time and on the brink of elimination in three of her matches.

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