Nadal, Andreescu crowned champions at Rogers Cup

Posted August 14, 2019

Mississauga's Bianca Andreescu plants a kiss on the Rogers Cup trophy after her victory over Serena Williams at Aviva Centre in Toronto on August 11, 2019.

"I'm not a crier, but, thank you guys", said Williams as she choked back tears after accepting the second-place check.

"I'm glad it was two sets today, but it wasn't easy". Are you ok? Dude...don't even get me started.

Let's be honest, there's really only one thing you need to draw from this week's Rogers Cup: Bianca Andreescu is no longer a rising star ⁠- she's arrived. "I mean, we all go through things differently, but I have an idea of what it's like to be injured and having to pull out of matches", Andreescu told The National's Adrienne Arsenault in an interview on Monday.

Andreescu, who was born in Thornhill, less than 15 miles north of Toronto, was making her first appearance since the French Open second round due to a right shoulder injury.

Williams' only previous retirement in a single very last came at the Rogers Cup in 2000 - the year Andreescu became born. "I was really sad and she made me feel a lot better, so that was really nice".

"I'm the first Canadian who got to the finals and has won this tournament since 1969", Andreescu said after being presented with the Rogers Cup trophy in an on-court ceremony.

Yesterday, she defeated Serena Williams in the championship match of the Rogers Cup when Williams was unable to answer the bell for the fifth game of the opening set with Andreescu leading 3-1.

They are expected to return to action at the U.S. Open, the season's final Grand Slam, in two weeks in NY.

Andreescu, who battled through a groin issue on her way to victory in Toronto, wisely removed herself from this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, saying in her announcement late Sunday: "I really have to listen to my body right now".

Kenin got a point back, but Andreescu's backhand victor sealed the match and brought the Canadian to her knees. In Nadal's other wins in the Rogers Cup men's finals, he previously beat Andre Agassi of Las Vegas, NV 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in 2005, Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-3, 6-2 in 2008, Milos Raonic of Canada 6-2, 6-2 in 2013 and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 7-6 in 2018.

The biggest mover this week, Marie Bouzkova, jumped nearly 40 places, putting her on the cusp of making it into the Top 50.

Williams hasn´t won a title since the 2017 Australian Open. "Tennis wasn't the most important thing for me", Murray said. "This has been a dream come true". But obviously, I didn't have 24 hours or plus to take off (in Toronto).