Tennis legend Serena Williams was comforted by her 19-year-old Canadian opponent as she broke down in tears and apologized after back spasms forced her to retire from a tournament finals match in Toronto on Sunday.
Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years when Williams retired because of her injury on Sunday.
Andreescu was up 3-1 in the first set when Williams called for a medical timeout.
Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her second WTA Premier title of the season.
The tournament’s final lasted only 16 minutes before Williams withdrew.
After the chair umpire announced Williams’ retirement, the former world No. 1 started to cry on her bench.