Serena Williams retired with lower back harm in the very last of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, handing the identity to Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu. Williams, 37, turned into left in tears after suffering back spasms as 19-12 months-old Andreescu comforted her courtside.
The American becomes damage down at one-three in the first set whilst she withdrew. Andreescu, who won her first WTA identify at Indian Wells in advance this year, will become the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women’s singles title given that 1969. Williams’ only previous retirement in a single very last came at the Rogers Cup in 2000 – the year Andreescu became born.
Williams was looking to win her first identify for the reason that returning to the opposition in 2018 after the birth of her daughter. The US Open, in which Williams will desire to win her 24th Grand Slam identify, starts on 26 August.
She reached the Wimbledon very last closing month – dropping to Simona Halep – however, struggled with knee damage earlier inside the year.
“Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it’s not easy. This wasn’t the way I expected to win. You are truly a champion. I’ve watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court. I’m speechless right now. This has been a dream come true.”