Serena Williams’ Injury Gifts Canadian a Cup
Although a Canadian player had not won tennis’ Rogers Cup in 50 years, no one would have expected the streak to end the way it did last Sunday.
Arguably the greatest female player of all-time, Serena Williams, threw in the towel just 19 minutes into the final match due to a back injury. That handed the championship to 19-year-old wunderkind Bianca Andreescu.
At the time of her forfeit, Williams was trailing 3-1 in the first set. She still remains without a title since her return from maternity leave in 2018. The timing of this latest injury also couldn’t be worse for Williams, who had just previously healed from an ankle injury. This year’s final Grand Slam, the U.S. Open, gets underway in two weeks and there’s no word yet from Williams’ camp on whether she’ll be able to play.
For the teen-queen Andreescu, a self-proclaimed ‘Serena superfan’ and someone who has dealt with her own injuries in recent years, the victory must be bittersweet. She’s bringing the Cup back to her home country for the first time in half a century while triumphing over one of her idols, but there’s somewhat of an asterisk next to the win.
Still, a win is a win and Andreescu even making the finals was no small feat, so she will undoubtedly cherish this moment for years to come.