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Andreescu claims Rogers Cup title

12th August 2019, 00:28 by Michael Holland

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu won the Rogers Cup in Toronto after Serena Williams was forced to retire with a back injury.

The American legend, now 37, was a break down at 3-1 in the opening set when she was forced to withdraw after suffering from back spasms that left her in tears.

"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today, I tried," said Williams, who has 23-time Grand Slam titles to her name. "It's been a tough year, but we'll keep going."

Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women's singles title since 1969, but she took little joy from the victory and was seen trying to comfort Williams.

"Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it's not easy," she said after being crowned champion.

"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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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