Serena Williams Becomes Emotional After Ending Rogers Cup Match Due To Injury
In the 2019 Rogers Cup Finals in Toronto, tennis star, Serena Williams faced Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian. After Andreescu lead the Finals up one set, 3-1, Serena called for a medical timeout. Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that the 37-year-old Williams was retiring from the match.
Wild scene in Toronto: Serena Williams retires in the first set of the Rogers Cup final.
Canadian Bianca Andreescu wins. pic.twitter.com/TrEBsUmEIv
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While Serena became visually emotional due to forfeiting the Rogers Cup, Andreescu stepped in to give the decorated tennis star a few kind words. She tells Serena,
“I’ve watched you your whole career, you’re a f*cking beast.”
“I’ve watched you your whole career, you’re a f*cking beast” Canadian Bianca Andreescu to Serena Williams after Serena forced to end match due to injury. Cool moment in Canadian Tennis History ??? #TheHighButton pic.twitter.com/UjDvhJns86
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After the 16 minutes matchup, Serena addresses the crowd as she accept her runner-up award. She begins,
“I’m not a crier, but, thank you guys. I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today. I tried but I just couldn’t do it.”
"It's been a tough year, but we'll keep going."
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 11, 2019
“But I just I couldn’t do it. Thanks to Jehovah for letting me come out here. And Bianca, you’re a great sports woman. And thanks for my team. It’s been a tough year but we’ll keep going.”
Andreescu recently returned from a right shoulder injury that sidelined her since May. In her Rogers Cup speech, she sympathized with Serena’s withdrawal,
“What I’ve been through the past two months has not been easy. I kept telling myself `never give up.’ I’m trying to look at my injury not as a setback but more of a challenge. I tried to embrace it as much as I can.”
“Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it’s not easy. 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.”
As previously reported, No. 1 player Simona Halep, defeated Serena in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in the Wimbledon championship.
Get well soon Serena!