The decorated tennis champion retired from the final match on Sunday thanks to back spasms.
Rafael Nadal of Spain and Bianca Andreescu of Canada won the men's and women's singles titles respectively of the 2019 Rogers Cup in Canada on Sunday. "There's tough competition out there and I'm just going to take it match after match, enjoy this moment right now and hopefully I can continue the momentum and bring it into the U.S. Open".
"Obviously, playing two great matches here was extremely important for me". She was down a break at the time.
Nevertheless, she wanted to give it a go in the final.
Despite the vocal support of the sold-out crowd, Andreescu struggled to close out Kenin, putting several shots into the net to virtually hand two game points to the American and tie the set 5-5. It's been a while since I played a match, been over like three weeks. Kenin was able to return the Canadian's first drop shot on set point but Andreescu was in ideal position to send another one right back, to the delight of the fans. Both absences were courtesy of her ailing right shoulder, which has forced her to miss a combined four-plus months this season.
After the heartbreaking moment when Serena Williams had to withdraw from her final match at the Rogers Cup, she and Andreescu shared a special moment where they expressed their admiration and respect for each other on the court. "It's because I know how she feels".
"For sure there's some pressure, but I have nothing to lose, really", said Andreescu.
She'll take that hot streak into the U.S. Open, which starts August 26.
Winning the Rogers Cup rocketed Andreescu up the WTA Tour rankings to No. 14 on Monday.
In fact, many will argue Andreescu, a two-time junior doubles champion having won in Melbourne and Paris in 2017, possesses a far more diverse and complex game than the aforementioned Canucks. "I really do believe that I can to do big things there".
Injuries have plagued Andreescu, however, including at the Rogers Cup last week where groin pain prompted a medical timeout in her quarterfinal win over world No. 3 Karolina Pliskova. "This is just a minor setback for a major comeback", Andreescu said.
Coming over to the sobbing Williams, the youthfully effervescent Andreescu: "I'm so sorry".
That question was answered Sunday afternoon when Andreescu, who is said to have a will of steel and a heart of gold, hoisted the winner's trophy.