On paper, it was a dream finale between audience favorite Bianca Andreescu and the huge Serena Williams. On paper only. After only nineteen minutes of play, when she was led 3-1, the American, in tears, said stop, touched on the back. "I'm sorry, I tried, but I could not do it, she then pointed to the stadium microphone, weeping again, and long applauded by the spectators. It has been a difficult year but we will continue. "
Coming to Toronto to find the way to victory – she has not won any more titles since the 2017 Australian Open – the youngest Williams sisters will have to wait patiently. Let's just hope that this backache does not hurt him for the next US Open. Before leaving the court, Serena was deeply consoled by Bianca Andreescu. A surprise winner at Indian Wells in March, the Canadian is a repeat offender at home.
A first since 1969
Yet the last few months have not been obvious for the 19-year-old. Injured in the shoulder after her success in California, she had tried a return (missed) at Roland Garros. Before heading back to the courts in Toronto from her reserves to dominate Eugenie Bouchard, Daria Kasatkina – who led 5-3 in the third set – Kiki Bertens, Karolina Pliskova and Sofia Kenin in the semis.
First Canadian winner of the Rogers Cup since Faye Urban in 1969, she will enter the top 20 Monday (14th). And This is just the beginning », She promised during the presentation of the trophy …