Serena Williams retires in final, opponent shares kind words


TORONTO (WTHR) — Serena Williams' search continues for her first title since the birth of her first child in September 2017.

On Sunday, the 37-year-old competed in the finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto against 19-year-old "hometown hero," Bianca Andreescu.

After winning the first game, Williams lost the next three and immediately walked to her chair and broke down in tears. The chair umpire announced Williams' decision to retire, giving Andreescu the win and title.

Andreescu rushed to Williams' side to ask her what was going on.

The Women's Tennis Association posted the exchange on Twitter as Williams fought back tears to say she had back spasms Saturday night and couldn't move. Andreescu tried to comfort the 23-time grand slam champion, saying, "I've watched you your whole career. You're a (expletive) beast."

Since returning to the professional tour, Williams has lost in the finals of three consecutive grand slams: 2018 Wimbledon to Angelique Kerber, 2018 U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka, and 2019 Wimbledon to Simona Halep.

Williams' 23 grand slam singles titles puts her one behind the all-time record of Margaret Court.

Williams returns to action this week in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open and will play her opening match on Tuesday.

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