Bianca Andreescu, made history to become Canada’s first tennis player to win the Rogers Cup after 50 years. Andreescu won after Serena Williams was unable to continue the match in the final round.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered an upper back injury and was unable to continue the match when trailing 1-3 in the first set. “It is not easy for Serena, having to withdraw, especially withdrawing in the final, ” said Andreescu.
Andreescu understands the feeling of Serena having to withdraw from the final match. Especially in elite tournaments like the Rogers Cup. “I know how she feels because I’ve experienced it at the beginning of my career. But, sometimes you have to understand the condition of your body. And, well, this is not the way I want to win, but winning is still winning. I’m really happy,” she said.
The win at the Rogers Cup became the second trophy for the 19-year-old this season. Previously, Andreescu won the BNP Paribas Open in India Wells, United States, in March. “I can say the victory at Indian Wells was achieved with a struggle,” she said. “So, I think this is a sweet victory. But, this tournament was held at home. I train hard on the court and gym, so this tournament is very special, ” she continued.
Andreescu has not competed since withdrawing against Sofia Kenin in the second round of the Grand Slam French Open last May. While in the Rogers Cup, Andreescu showed her best performance from the first round to the final.
Three of the world’s top players were defeated on their way to the finals. She defeated world number 5 Kiki Bertens, defeated Top 3 Karolina Pliskova and Serena, who currently occupies the 10th position of the world. “Before the match, I was very, very nervous,” Andreescu said.
Andreescu became the first Canadian women’s singles to win the Rogers Cup in the Open era. The last Canadian to qualify for the finals during a civil war between Faye Urban and Vicki Berner when the Canada Open was named in 1969.