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Serena withdraws due to injury from Toronto final, Andreescu wins title

Serena withdraws due to injury from Toronto final, Andreescu wins title

American Serena Williams was forced to leave the final of the Toronto WTA tournament with a sore back when she trailed 3-1 in the first set to Canada’s Bianca Andreescu.

Serena, 37, could not help crying as she left the decisive clash against the young Andreescu, just 19 years old.

The Canadian won the second trophy of her career, after being crowned at Indian Wells in March.

Andreescu had gone up 3-1 on a service break when the 23-time Grand Slam champion realized she couldn’t continue.

When it became clear that Williams would be retiring, the local youth, 18 years younger than the American, approached her chair, offering words of encouragement and a comforting hug.

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It was a huge blow to the veteran tennis player who was closing in on her 73rd WTA title, and her first since September 2017.

Beaten by Romanian Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final in July, Williams was playing just her 24th match of the year after several lingering knee problems.

“Sorry I couldn’t do it today,” he told the crowd, his voice cracking. I tried, but couldn’t. Bianca, you are a great athlete, woman. Thanks to my team, it has been a difficult year, but we will carry on, “added the older Williams.

– Results in the Toronto Premier tournament:


Bianca Andreescu (CAN) to Serena Williams (USA / N.8) 3-1, abandoned. AFP

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