Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Serena Williams Forced To Withdraw From Rogers Cup Tournament

Serena Williams Forced To Withdraw From Rogers Cup Tournament

Bouzkova, who downed seventh seed Sloane Stephens and fourth seed and defending Rogers Cup champion Simona Halep - via match retirement - couldn't have imagined she would be in position to topple the world No. 10 Williams.

Serena Williams got emotional on Sunday at the 2019 Rogers Cup Finals before and after her shocking loss to 19-year-old Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu.

When Williams explained her pain to Andreescu, she responded, "This sucks".

Andreescu has won 16 consecutive matches in which she has not retired because of injury, including victories over six of the WTA's top 10 players.

"We had our first sellout sessions on the women's side in over 20 years Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday night, yesterday, as well".

19-year-old Canadian tennis star, Bianca Andreescu was crowned the victor once Williams admitted she had to stop playing. He has 82 singles victories, winning the French Open in June for his second title of the year.

"I've always wanted to play her", Andreescu said of Williams, who has 23 career Grand Slam titles and has won the Rogers Cup three times.

"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today", Williams told the crowd, her voice cracking. I've watched you win so many times. I'm in the final of the Rogers Cup. "But don't worry, I'll answer everyone tomorrow", she laughed. "I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it's not easy", said Andreescu post-match.

'I'm speechless right now.

"And I don't want to get this far and not at least try". Sixteenth-seeded Gael Monfils then withdrew before his semifinal against world No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

Bianca Andreescu overcame a hurting groin to become the first Canadian woman to make the semifinal of the Rogers Cup since 1979.

"For sure there's some pressure, but I have nothing to lose, really", Andreescu said. While the two tournaments run at the same time, share a name and feature best-of-three matches, they are separate events, mandated by the two different tours that each have their own sets of guidelines for determining prize money.

"I would say that the win in Indian Wells was - I mean, it was a hard-fought battle", said Andreescu, referring to her three-set win over No. 8 Angelique Kerber. I've had many, many tough matches'. I just can't play today. "My home is like two minutes from here", said a laughing Andreescu.

"I've been through so much the last two months. But I've kept telling myself to not give up".

The victory is no less special for Andreescu, who has played impressively throughout the entire tournament.

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