TORONTO – Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu has won the women’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament – but she did not beat Serena Williams.
Instead the legendary tennis ace withdrew with an injury. Andreescu was up 3-1 when Williams gave up.
The 19-year-old rising star from Mississauga, Ontario is the first Canadian to win the event in 50 years. Faye Urban of Windsor, Ont., beat Vancouver’s Vicki Berner in the 1969 final, when the tournament was still played on clay courts and called the Canadian Open.
Andreescu has now won 17 consecutive matches, not counting when she has had to retire from matches due to injury herself.
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The Rogers Cup was her first tournament after a right-shoulder injury sidelined her since the French Open in May. She now has victories over seven of the top 10 players in the world and her world ranking rises from 27th to 14th. Her previous high was 22nd.
Andreescu had also been on the court more than any other player at this year’s Cup at 10 hours 54 minutes heading into the match against Williams.
Williams entered the match looking for a fourth Rogers Cup title. The tournament’s final lasted only 16 minutes before Williams withdrew.
After the chair umpire announced Williams’s retirement, the former world No. 1 started to cry on her bench. Andreescu went over to comfort her, hugging her and telling Williams how much she admires the 23-time Grand Slam winner.