Serena hopeful over back injury after Rogers Cup final retirement

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

The veteran conceded defeat to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, trailing by a break at 3-1 in the opening set, after being forced to retire with a back problem. This earned the former $519,480, versus $252,425 for the 23-time Grand Slam victor (numbers courtesy of Top Bet). Both her legs were wrapped and taped for her next two matches. The disparity in the purse and prizes are due to event classification differences between the ATP and the WTA.

I spoke Monday with Stephanie Myles, who is the editor-in-chief of Tennis.Life, writes about tennis for major newspapers across North America and works as a broadcaster for the French-language RDS sports network. I've been playing three sets basically every match.

"Tennis in Canada was having a hard time existing".

The Grand Slam tournaments, such as Wimbledon, pay the same.

Tennis icon Billie Jean King, famous for pushing for women's equality in the sport, also joined the cheers on social media, saying Andreescu showed "a level of maturity well beyond her years".

Williams is obviously one of the most accomplished players that the sport has ever seen. This more than doubles her sister Venus, who's in second on the list.

The tournament's final lasted only 16 minutes.

Looks like it all came to a head Sunday, because Serena became incredibly emotional as she took a seat near the side netting and made her decision to withdraw final.

Right now, she'll have to settle for Canada, where lots of images of her sit on the front pages of newspapers across the country today.

Williams said the spasms started during her come-from-behind win over Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova on Saturday "and it just got worse". Andreescu, who is almost half of her age at 19, comforted her courtside through some tears. She then turned an awkward moment into a heartwarming one, walking right over to the teary, disheartened 37-year-old champion of 23 Grand Slams and took her hands, hugged her and gushed over how much she admired her. She told her she could relate to how it feels to make that agonizing call to end a match.

"What I've been through the past two months has not been easy", Andreescu said when addressing fans.

"I was just trying to figure out how do you play a match where you have no rotation?" said Williams. "You are truly a champion on and off the court". "And, hopefully, this win can give me momentum into the U.S. Open".

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.

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