Williams retires injured as Andreescu wins Rogers

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2019

"You're going to bounce back", Andreescu told the 37-year-old Williams during an emotional on-court embrace moments after the legend bowed out with a back injury on Sunday. Andreescu had countless stops to make after her big victory, throughout the back hallways of the tennis centre where she spent many hours as a kid building her game.

After deciding that she couldn't continue any further, Williams burst into tears as she took her seat near mid-court. "She is a champion on and off the court and she's an inspiration". "I want to model my game after her". Andreescu needed to have her legs wrapped and taped during the second set of a gritty quarterfinal win over Karolina Pliskova on Friday. Kenin was able to return the Canadian's first drop shot on set point but Andreescu was in flawless position to send another one right back, to the delight of the fans. Both absences were courtesy of her ailing right shoulder, which has forced her to miss a combined four-plus months this season.

Williams, 37, who found herself unable to continue after four games into the opening set, retiring from the match citing an upper back injury, said that "The most frustrating part is that I've had these bad spasms a lot in my career, actually". "I know now that I need to schedule my tournaments a little better". I still have nothing to lose when I go out there.

Her opponent, Andreescu, took the title in front of a home crowd and was the first to console Williams as she broke down in pain.

Her Canadian Open victory and reaching the women's quarter finals in doubles at Wimbledon were highlights of her career, she said.

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"The first phase is painful, to a point where I usually don't get out of bed".

"Every year that the Canadian Open, the Rogers Cup, comes around, there's always a question of will this record be broken. It's been a tough year but I'm going to keep going".

The veteran said she initially felt her back during a tough three-set win over Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova in the semi-finals on Saturday. "It's because I know how she feels". Obviously, I get upset really easily sometimes, and just knowing that I can get injured any second sucks.

"This has definitely got my confidence level up there", Andreescu said of what her Toronto performance means to the rest of the summer hardcourt swing. "And she's a girl, so hopefully it inspires more girls in Canada".

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