Toronto, Aug 11 (Canadian-Media): Canadian teenager, from Mississauga, Bianca Andreescu won today the title of Rogers Cup, during the outdoor tennis tournament for the women's, event after Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam champion, retired with a back injury in the final of the the Rogers Cup in Toronto, media reports said.
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Williams, 37, was left in tears after suffering back spasms.
"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today, I tried," said 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams. "It's been a tough year, but we'll keep going."
Andreescu tried to console her and said, "Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it's not easy."
"This wasn't the way I expected to win. You are truly a champion. I've watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court.
"I'm speechless right now. This has been a dream come true."
The tournament is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 of the 2019 ATP World Tour, and of the WTA Premier 5 tournaments of the 2019 WTA Tour, and is also a 2019 US Open Series event. Women's event had been taking place at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, and the men's event is being held at the IGA Stadium in Montreal, both from August 5 to August 11.
Earlier this year, Andreescu won her first WTA title at Indian Wells, becoming the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women's singles title since 1969.
Williams' only previous retirement in a singles final came at the Rogers Cup in 2000, the year Andreescu was born.
Williams was seeking to win her first title since returning to competition in 2018 after the birth of her daughter.
The US Open, where Williams will hope to win her 24th Grand Slam title, starts on 26 August.