This Year’s Rogers Cup Women’s final had a Canadian ending with Bianca Andreescu taking the trophy home after Serena Williams retired just after 19 minutes of play. Andreescu became the women’s champion after 50 years since the last Canadian Faye Mlacak won it in 1969.
What looked to be a promising and very good match for Bianca unfortunately ended with Serena’s early retirement due to what she said was back pain. Serena had played a 3 set match the night before with Bouzkova the young Czech player who won the first set 6-1. Serena did not look comfortable in the first set during the semifinals but came back to win 6-3, 6-3.
The 19 year old Andreescu had an impressive run to the finals winning straight 5 matches in a row and now faced the legendary 23 grand slam champion Serena Williams. The win probably not in the way it played out or how Andreescu had imagined it but nonetheless a historic and sweet success for the young Canadian on home court back from a shoulder injury.
The next challenge after a successful run at home in the Rogers Cup is the U.S. open held in NY where she hopes to advance and erase last year’s early exit during the qualifying rounds.
Meanwhile in Montreal the Men’s final had the heavily favorite Spaniard Rafael Nadal who claimed his 5th title. The world’s 2nd ranked men player Rafael against the currently 5th ranked player Russia’s Daniil Medvedev ended in a 2 set win by Nadal 6-3, 6-0. This was the first time these 2 faced each other but most certainly not the last as the young Russian seems to be improving and moving up the rankings. Medvedev just won the last masters title in Cincinnati, also pulling an upset in the semifinals against Djokovic.