Her opponent, Andreescu, took the title in front of a home crowd and was the first to console Williams as she broke down in pain. She remembers swinging her racquet at Willistead Park which used to have a tennis court and Jackson Park, and practicing at Assumption College's handball alleys which meant less time retrieving tennis balls.
Andreescu walked over to give Williams a hug after learning she was going to have to cut the tournament short.
The American becomes damage down at one-three in the first set whilst she withdrew.
Here's another economic thought: Canadian champion.
On the women's side, Canadian tennis history was made.More news: Environmentalists warn Trump 'weakening' endangered species protections
It leaves us with two words of our own: What's next? She was off for two months prior to the Rogers Cup. After winning Indian Wells in March, she rehabilitated a shoulder injury. "I've watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court", Andreescu said.
When healthy, Andreescu has been virtually unstoppable. The U.S. Open, which is the final Grand Slam of the season, starts August 26 in NY.
Andreescu, who battled through a groin issue on her way to victory in Toronto, wisely removed herself from this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, saying in her announcement late Sunday: "I really have to listen to my body right now".
"It was more likely that I was not going to [play], because although I did fine in the match today, physically, my legs felt quite heavy at the end of the match, and that's probably not going to change a whole lot in a couple of weeks".
Unfortunately, his win wasn't enough to help Ulster lift the trophy as Leinster went on to win the men's doubles and retain the title by a single point, despite a subsequent victory for the McCullough twins Annie and Caitlin in the ladies doubles.More news: Hong Kong airport reopens as Trudeau urges China to address 'serious concerns'
Beaten by Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final in July, Williams was playing just her 24th match of year already disrupted by nagging knee trouble.
Williams retired after just four games, making Andreescu the champ by default.
"I just said, 'Girl, you are. a beast".
"I'm speechless. I'm the first Canadian to win here since 1969".
The win moved Andreescu to 14th in the rankings. The only question that remains is whether she can put a cherry on top of her magnificent 2019 in NY.More news: Maguire catches Mourinho’s eye on Man United debut
The 21-year-old from Hillsborough defeated Leinster's current global Osgar O'Hoisin 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 as Ulster drew 3-3 with the hosts in their final match. I think it's really important to work your mind just as hard as you work physically.
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