Serena Williams Comforted by Opponent After Pulling Out of Rogers Cup Final With Back Spasms

August 12, 2019
(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Serena Williams had to pull out of her Rogers Cup final match just 16 minutes into the competition due to back spasms, meaning that 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu won the tournament by default. In a touching moment, Andreescu went over and comforted the clearly devastated Williams with several hugs and a lighthearted exchange about tennis injuries. "I've watched you your whole career; you're a f**king beast with injuries," Andreescu told the sniffling star. In a post-match press conference, Williams returned the admiration, noting that she's "officially a fan" of the newly crowned champ and marveled that Andreescu is only 19 due to her maturity on the court.