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Bianca Andreescu win Rogers Cup after Injured Williams retire

Bianca Andreescu win Rogers Cup after Injured Williams retire

However, the American was unable to continue as she returned to her chair after the fourth game and was forced to retire due to an upper back injury, which saw the 37-year-old reduced to tears.

Andreescu broke early in the first set to lead 2-1 and then consolidated the break after an unforced error from Williams. It was the same decision they faced after she played several gruelling matches en route to her first WTA title, at Indian Wells in March.

"It's a little frustrating for me because I know that I can play, I just can't play today", she said. "This has been a dream come true", expressed Andreescu, who became the first Canadian to win the championship in over 50 years. Last week, she held the 27th spot.

"I'm a pretty outgoing person and I'm not shy at all, and I knew what to say to her because I truly felt for her so much after what I've experienced with injuries in my short career. This is just a minor setback for a major comeback".

The first Canadian in half a century to win the home trophy said she did not want to take any risks after missing more than two months - and Wimbledon - with shoulder problems before returning to action this week.

"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today, I tried", said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. "I think I would have really regretted not at least going out there and seeing maybe if a miracle happened".

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The day she won the Canadian Open in 1969 was one of the those days where everything gelled, she recalled.

Last Monday, she finally was healthy enough to face one-time Canadian phenom Eugenie Bouchard.

Asked if she noticed from the beginning that something was wrong, Andreescu replied: "I didn't notice anything whatsoever".

'I kept telling myself "never give up".

Williams' back pain began Saturday night during her semifinal match with Marie Bouzkova, and the pain became worse overnight, WTA said.

Andreescu, who battled through a groin issue on her way to victory in Toronto, wisely removed herself from this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, saying in her announcement late Sunday: "I really have to listen to my body right now". Obviously, I get upset really easily sometimes, and just knowing that I can get injured any second sucks.