Sunday's Sports Digest: Andreescu wins Rogers Cup when Serena Williams retires early


Andreescu tries to console Serena Williams after the latter was forced to withdraw from their Rogers Cup final match at Aviva Centre on August 11, 2019. "I tried, but I couldn't". She ended on an optimistic tone, saying that despite it being a rough year professionally, she was going to keep going and competing.

After learning that she had won the championship due to Williams' pull out, Canadian player Bianca Andreescu, 19, walked over to the tennis champion to comfort her.

Andreescu said: "Serena you made me cry a bunch over there. And so that's a little frustrating for me because I know that I could play, I just can't play today", she said.

"This wasn't the way I expected to win". You are truly a champion. I've watched you win so many times. (Laughs) It was nice, I guess, that I was injured during the summer because all my friends are in college right now - so I guess that was kind of good timing? "This has been a dream come true".

She will get her chance to take yet another step forward in a few short weeks when the world's best gather at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., for the season's final major, the U.S. Open.

After deciding that she couldn't continue any further, Williams burst into tears as she took her seat near mid-court. However, the 37-year old star had some praise for Andreescu as well.

Injuries have plagued Andreescu, however, including at the Rogers Cup last week where groin pain prompted a medical timeout in her quarterfinal win over world No. 3 Karolina Pliskova. Her previous high was 22nd.

In a video of the sweet moment, you can see Andreescu's admiration for Williams as she tells her how she's been watching her whole career.

It's just the latest victory in an astonishing year on the courts for Andreescu, who is quickly becoming a household name.

"The most frustrating part is that I've had these very bad spasms a lot in my career, actually", she said. "I kept telling myself never give up".

Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu won the respective men's singles and women's singles titles of the Rogers Cup after winning their final clashes. I tried, but I couldn't.

Faye Urban of Windsor, Ontario, beat Vancouver's Vicki Berner in the 1969 final, when the tournament was still played on clay courts and was called the Canadian Open.