It has been an incredible week of tennis of Toronto and it has come to an end. Sadly the final didn’t go on for as long as we had hoped but in their respective paths Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams delivered.
It goes without saying that I hope Serena recovers from this back injury and we see her back on court very soon. I do think Cincinnati will be too soon for the American but hopefully in time for New York.
Let’s not forget this is the first time since Cincinnati last year that Serena has completed two matches in two days at an event and has played four days on the bounce in Toronto so there are plenty of positives to take.
There isn’t much to pull out of the match from either players’ side. Andreescu in the four games we did get we did see that fearless striking from the baseline.
She continues to amaze me. This year she has 36 wins and 5 defeats to her name and has had to battle a fair few injuries but picked up titles at Indian Wells and now Toronto. She will go far.
Likewise, I will be surprised if she plays Cincinnati. This right leg has been heavily taped since her win against Pliskova and she could barely move at times on her way to beating the Czech number one as well as Sofia Kenin on Saturday.
Bianca’s sportsmanship to Serena when she retired was incredible.
She went over and sat with her, they had a joke about both being injured with Bianca telling Serena she admires her and she’s a ‘beast’ at never being injured where as Bianca has had plenty.
Even their speeches at the trophy presentation, Bianca was in tears listening to Serena who had this to say whilst being visibly upset;
“I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today. I tried, I just can’t”
“It’s been a tough year but we will keep going”
It always feels weird in a final because the overall emotion is sad but as Bianca said for herself;
“This is only the beginning”
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