Emotional Serena Williams retires from tournament final, opponent comforts her

Serena rallies past Bouzkova into Toronto final

Serena rallies past Bouzkova into Toronto final

Tennis legend Serena Williams was comforted by her 19-year-old Canadian opponent as she broke down in tears and apologized after back spasms forced her to retire from a tournament finals match in Toronto on Sunday. "I've had this before and it's like 24-36 hours where I'm just in insane spasm and then it's like gone", the 23-time grand slam champion told a news conference.

While she won the match, Andreescu, understandabl, looked rusty and one could only wonder how long she would last at her hometown tournament.

Accolades for the 19-year-old have been flooding in from around the globe after Andreescu won the Rogers Cup on Sunday in Toronto.

"I've had a tough week playing so many three-setters, and I wanted to listen to my body and not make the same mistake I made at Indian Wells", Andreescu told The Globe and Mail on Monday, explaining her decision to pull out of Cincinnati. The two discussed injuries and showed a true moment of camaraderie and sportswomanship, with Andreescu expressing her admiration for Williams.

On Thursday, Nadal made tennis history by winning the most men's singles matches all-time at the ATP Masters 1000 series level.

Celebrating her historic win, Andreescu wrapped herself in the Canadian flag and held the trophy aloft as the Toronto crowd cheered her on.

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"I'm speechless. I'm the first Canadian to win here since 1969". "I'm very comfortable here, in Montreal, where I feel nearly at home".

After the chair umpire announced the retirement, Williams started to cry on her bench.

"I just knew", said Williams, adding she'd undergone hours of treatment before the match to combat the back spasms she'd first felt in a semi-final win on Saturday night. "I tried but I just couldn't do it", an emotional Williams was quoted as saying by wwos.

All of a sudden, she is the 14th highest ranked woman in the world, something that could wind up being a blessing or a curse.

Her Canadian Open victory and reaching the women's quarter finals in doubles at Wimbledon were highlights of her career, she said. She withdrew from the Miami Open in March because of a knee injury.

"I just said, 'Girl, you are. a beast". But at this stage in my career, after what I've been through with my shoulder and just injuries in the past, I try not to take anything for granted right now. "I kept telling myself never give up".

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