Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Toronto winner Andreescu pulls out of Cincinnati

Toronto winner Andreescu pulls out of Cincinnati

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.

Windsor native Faye Urban Mlacak had a feeling her 50-year-old record as the last Canadian woman to win the Rogers Cup would be broken by Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu led 3-1 in the first set when Williams, a three-time victor in Canada, called the trainer out.

Andreescu, who was born in Thornhill, less than 15 miles north of Toronto, was making her first appearance since the French Open second round due to a right shoulder injury. It is her second title since springing to prominence after winning the Indian Wells title in March.

"I feel that Bianca was going to win no matter what", she said Monday from her Toronto home where she watched the match on TV. "So having those words come out of her mouth about me is pretty damn awesome".

Tennis is a different game today with the big payouts and professional players, she said.

"This wasn´t the way I expected to win and for you to go off the court". She also has dealt with knee issues this season, which has resulted in zero tournament victories.

Williams said the spasms started during her come-from-behind win over Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova on Saturday "and it just got worse". She apologised and vowed "to keep going".

Williams said she probably would have played better if there was more time for treatment between matches, but WTA tournaments are typically played on consecutive days.

Throughout the biggest week of her young tennis career, Bianca Andreescu often kept it succinct.

"I´m sorry I couldn´t do it today", Williams told the crowd, her voice cracking.

Medvedev boosted his earnings to $4,411,948 after his finals appearance last week in the Citi Open.

"So, I don't know, I'm just taking it a day at a time and see, usually what happens is it continues like that with just that small window and see if I improve after that small window".

Andreescu, who battled through a groin issue on her way to victory in Toronto, wisely removed herself from this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, saying in her announcement late Sunday: "I really have to listen to my body right now".

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