Tearful Serena retires injured in Toronto final

Tearful Serena retires injured in Toronto final

I've had this before and it's, like, 24, 36 hours where I'm just in insane spasm and then it's, like, gone. She lasted four games before her back injury became too much for Williams to handle on the court.

She has a special victory ritual of lying down on the court.


"It didn't become important until decades later", she said as it appeared it would be tough for a Canadian woman to make the final let alone win it.

After six matches in Toronto in six days - 14½ sets in all - Andreescu and her coach, Sylvain Bruneau, had to then sit down to discuss her next move. Andreescu needed to have her legs wrapped and taped during the second set of a gritty quarterfinal win over Karolina Pliskova on Friday. On your back, right?

It is fitting that it was Andreescu because she's an exceptional talent who plays well above the norm for her age, Urban Mlacak said. "I knew I wasn´t going to be able to continue". I still have nothing to lose when I go out there.

The match followed the Friday (Saturday NZT) semifinal between Williams and Naomi Osaka, the first match between the two since Williams's emotional outburst in their US Open final last September.

"I'm obviously happy to be back playing".

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Williams arrived in Toronto hoping to get plenty of hardcourt matches in before going for a record-equalling 24th career Grand Slam title at the August 26-Sept. The 19-year-old's next test will come at the U.S. Open later this month. I was so, so nervous and I just felt like crying after because I'm just so happy.

Andreescu: I'm a pretty optimistic person, and I really did believe that everything happens for a reason.

This is the first time since 1969 that a Canadian has made it to the Rogers Cup final.

"I don't want to get this far and not at least try", said the 37-year-old, who was eyeing her 73rd WTA title - and her first since the birth of her daughter, Olympia, in September 2017.

"This wasn't the way I expected to win", Andreescu said afterward. "I know everything about you", she says while lamenting her own injuries.

"It's just that there are not many people who can do that and I am proud to be part of it". "I'm very comfortable here, in Montreal, where I feel nearly at home". She's quick. She gets low for the ball... "And she's a girl, so hopefully it inspires more girls in Canada".