Hometown hero Andreescu claims Toronto title after ailing Serena retires

Posted August 12, 2019

Canada's Bianca Andreescu consoles Serena Williams of the United States of America after Williams had to retire from the final of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. "My home is like two minutes from here", said a laughing Andreescu. "I didn't want to pay attention to that". I'm the first Canadian to make the final and win this tournament since 1969.

With these points, Bianca will make a debut in the top-15 on Monday and we should see a lot from this outstanding teenager at the US Open, heading to NY as one of the favorites if she brings her 'A-game'.

Another drop shot sealed the first set for Andreescu.

In the opening game of the match, Williams survived a break point to hold onto her serve but Andreescu grabbed an early break for a 2-1 lead.

She carried that momentum into the second set, eventually winning the match when Svitolina's return was too deep.

"I was really sad and she made me feel a lot better", Williams said. She took a 4-2 lead on the set when a sure-fire victor by Kenin clipped the net and landed out of bounds. Kenin was able to return the Canadian's first drop shot on set point but Andreescu was in ideal position to send another one right back, to the delight of the fans.

There was the memorable 2012 run that saw Aleksandra Wozniak beat former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic and became the first Canadian in 20 years to reach the quarter-finals.

The Canadian starlet picked up three Top 10 wins in the event, beating World No.5 Kiki Bertens and World No.3 Karolina Pliskova before World No.10 Williams's retirement in the final, and now has a stunning 7-0 record against Top 10 players in her career.

And then it all ended abruptly - Williams retiring from the match due to injury just four games into the championship.

That set up a lengthy game that went to seven deuces and stretched to almost 13 minutes of play, with neither player able to finish the other off.

Serena later explained to the Rogers Cup crowd that she simply couldn't tough it out that day, noting that she had tried.

The Canadian missed a clear opportunity to go up 6-3 in the second-set tiebreak when she sailed an overhead smash long. "But when things happen like that I just try to focus on the tactics and forget about the pain, but it's not easy". "It's a good lesson for me in the future, as well, more than anything". "Really having the crowd behind me this week, I'm thankful for that because without their support I don't think I'd be in the final". Serena has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.

Kenin was the last opponent to beat Andreescu in a full match at the Mexico Open in February. After speaking with an on-court reporter she found her parents in the crowd for a lengthy embrace.