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A 19-year-old Canadian beat Serena Williams in the Rogers Cup final after the veteran American retired after 4 games because of back spasms

Adeyinka Aladejare

A 19-year-old Canadian beat Serena Williams in the Rogers Cup final after the veteran American retired after 4 games because of back spasms

Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, just beat Serena Williams in the Rogers Cup final after the veteran American was forced to retire after just four games because of back spasms.

Williams reached the tournament final having bounced back from a 6-1 opening set loss in Saturday's semifinal to beat Marie Bouzkovatwo sets to one, one day after swatting aside Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinal stage.

At the Aviva Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Williams faced a foe for the first time in her career, the young but extraordinarily talented Andreescu, and even pleaded with fans the day before to show her some love because she knew she would be in an unpopular position having to battle against the hometown hero on Centre Court.

But just four games into the Rogers Cup final, also known as the Canadian Open — a Masters event worth 1,000 tour ranking points, Williams succumbed to injury and could compete no longer.

When Andreescu was 3-1 up in the first set, having broken Williams in the third game, Williams cried, walked to her chair, and called her trainer. She retired from the match.

The official reason is that she had suffered an injury to her upper back, she was having spasms, and just couldn't compete.

Andreescu, who was born in nearby Mississauga, a mere 30 minute drive from the Aviva Centre, had won.

The local teenager was champion.


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