Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Canada's Bianca Andreescu overcomes injury to advance to Rogers Cup semifinal

Canada's Bianca Andreescu overcomes injury to advance to Rogers Cup semifinal

Williams, who was looking to win her first tournament since returning after the birth of her daughter, was down a break in the first set, trailing 3-1, when she could not continue.

Williams, who hopes to chase a record-equalling 24th career grand slam title at the US Open, seemed fine on court but suddenly sat crying in her chair before deciding to retire 19 minutes into the match with a back injury.

The victory made the 19-year-old from Mississauga, the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years, after Faye Urban of Windsor, Ont., won in 1969.

In the next stoppage of play, Andreescu and a trainer went to the locker room for more in-depth treatment. Her world ranking will rise from 27th to at least 19th. Her previous high was 22nd.

It's Andreescu's first tournament back from a right-shoulder injury that has sidelined her since the French Open in May. That gives her by far the most time on the hard courts in the women's singles tournament with a total of eight hours 43 minutes of play.

The 37-year-old Williams is ranked 10th and seeded eighth in her first event since she lost the Wimbledon final.

After the chair umpire announced Williams's decision, the former world No. 1 started to cry.

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"I'm speechless right now", Andreescu told the Aviva Centre crowd in Toronto during her celebratory ceremony on the court.

"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today".

Making a full return in front of the home fans, Andreescu gave her 120% to overcome all the rivals before the final, ousting three top-10 players in total to improve her tally against them to a ideal 7-0 at such a young age. "I tried but I just couldn't do it".

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

Later Friday, American Serena Williams beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 in a rematch of last year's controversial U.S. Open final.

Andreescu's path to the semifinals saw her take out Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the first round, Daria Kasatkina in the second round and a pair of top-fives, Kiki Bertens in the fourth round and Katerina Plistova in the quarterfinals. No. 16 seed Gael Monfils then withdrew before his semifinal against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

On the men's side, Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., retired after two sets against Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime in a much-anticipated all-Canadian matchup.

"I try to channel that pressure into something good", said Andreescu.

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