Romanian-born Bianca Andreescu who is living in Canada has won the Rogers Cup on Sunday after Serena Williams withdrew from the competition. Andreescu had just become the first Canadian to win the tournament in 50 years.
The end of the match when Serena retired have gone viral worldwide, with the 19yo Bianca going to her opponent’s bench, took a knee, and started consoling the veteran tennis player.
37-year-old Serena Williams was sobbing when Bianca went and hugged her.
“I started tearing up because she was tearing up. It’s because I know how she feels,” said Andreescu on Sunday. “Injuries really, really suck.”
Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., was up 3-1 in the first set at Aviva Centre when Williams called for a medical timeout. Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her second WTA Premier title of the season.
“It’s not the way I wanted to win, but a win is a win so I’m really happy,” said Andreescu.
Williams was impressed with the 19-year-old Andreescu’s class in that shared moment on the bench, calling her a “great sportswoman” and an “old soul.”
Serena Williams praised Andreescu’s move, said she is wiser than her age, adding that the brief encounter with Andreescu was the highlight of the tournament for her. “She definitely doesn’t seem like a 19-year old in her words, on court and her game, her attitude, her actions.”
Andreescu also won at Indian Wells in March, the beginning of a 17-match win streak, not counting when she has had to retire from matches due to injury herself. She holds victories over seven of the top 10 players in the world this season, including Williams.
Two days ago, Simona Halep retired from their match with Marie Bouzkova with a left Achilles problem after dropping the first set 6-4.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau congratulated Bianca Andreescu on Twitter: “The first Canadian @rogerscup champion in 50 years – congratulations, @Bandreescu_! Truly an inspiration to players across Canada. Today you showed tennis fans what sportsmanship is all about.”