On Sunday, 11th August, tennis icon, Serena Williams faced 19-year-old Canadian phenom Bianca Andreescu in Toronto for the 2019 Rogers Cup Final. After playing four rounds, Serena was forced to back out of the match and remove herself from contention due to back spasms she was experiencing.
According to reports, she had started to feel the spasms as late as Saturday night during her semifinal victory over Marie Bouzkova. On Sunday, Serena became incredibly emotional as she took a seat near the side netting and made her decision to withdraw final. However, Bianca ran over to console her … and shared some pretty inspiring words too, “I’ve watched you your whole career, you’re a f***ing beast with injuries,”.
Serena later explained to the Rogers Cup crowd that she simply couldn’t tough it out that day, noting that she had tried. She ended on an optimistic tone, saying that despite it being a rough year professionally, she was going to keep going and competing.