The title may have been available in a frustrating fashion, but Bianca Andreescu says being the very first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years is a “dream become a reality.”
Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., was up 3-1 in the very first set of the competition’s final when American challenger Serena Williams required a medical timeout.
Less than a minute later, the chair umpire revealed that Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her 2nd WTA Premier title of the season.
“I’m speechless right now. I’m the first Canadian who got to the finals and has won this competition considering that 1969,” Andreescu told the Aviva Centre crowd on Sunday afternoon after being provided with the Rogers Cup trophy in an on-court ceremony. “This been a dream come true, really.
Due to upper back injurt, Serena Williams has actually been forced to retire from the females’s single final.
Bianca Andreescu is the #RC 19 champion! #BiancaSerena pic.twitter.com/1etcEvYdbs
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“Today has not been easy. I’ve had numerous many hard matches.”
Faye Urban of Windsor, Ont., beat Vancouver’s Vicki Berner in the 1969 last, when the tournament was still played on clay courts and called the Canadian Open.
The 19-year-old Andreescu has now won 17 successive matches, not counting when she has actually had to retire from matches due to injury herself.
Andreescu has victories over 7 of the leading 10 players in the world this season. Her world ranking will increase from 27th to 14th on Monday. Her previous high was 22nd.
But health precedes and @serenawilliams is and always will be a champion. #RC 19 #BiancaSerena pic.twitter.com/esrrXjbx2Z
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She and golf enthusiast Brooke Henderson are early front runners for the Lou Marsh Prize as Canada’s professional athlete of the year and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, The Canadian Press’s female professional athlete of the year honour.
Henderson has actually won 2 LPGA occasions this season and has set the all-time Canadian record for wins by an expert golf enthusiast.
The Rogers Cup was Andreescu’s very first competition after a right-shoulder injury sidelined her considering that the French Open in Might.
“What I have actually been through the past two months has not been easy,” stated Andreescu when addressing fans. “I kept informing myself ‘never offer up.’ I’m attempting to take a look at my injury not as a setback but more of a challenge. I tried to welcome it as much as I can.”
Andreescu had been on the court more than any other gamer at this year’s Rogers Cup at 10 hours 54 minutes heading into Sunday’s final. The tournament’s last lasted only 16 minutes prior to Williams withdrew.
After the chair umpire revealed Williams’s retirement the former world No. 1 started to cry on her bench. Andreescu visited comfort her, hugging her and informing Williams just how much she appreciates the 23-time Grand Slam winner.
“I’m not a crier, but, thank you men,” said Williams as she choked back tears after accepting the second-place cheque. “I’m sorry I could not do it today. I tried however I just couldn’t do it.
“But thanks to Jehovah for letting me even come out here today. Bianca, you’re a great sportswoman.”
Williams’s retirement was the last in a strung of high-profile injuries at this year’s Rogers Cup. Fourth-seeded Simona Halep withdrew from her quarterfinal matchup with Marie Bouzkova.
On the males’s side, Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., retired after two sets versus Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in a much-anticipated all-Canadian match. Sixteenth-seeded Gael Monfils then withdrew prior to his semifinal against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
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