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Aug 12, 2019, 8:08:00 AM

Serena injury hands Andreescu the Rogers Cup trophy

This year has been notable for the number of injuries that Serena Williams has suffered, and the 23-time Grand Slam winner has had to bow out of yet another tournament – this time early in the final of the Rogers Cup.

It may not be the way that she wanted to win it, given that she was already a break up in the first set, but this result still gives Bianca Andreescu her second title in her career and in 2019, with the young Canadian slowly adding to her trophy collection at an impressively young age. With this trophy in Toronto, she becomes the first Canadian to lift this particular crown for 50 years. Right now, Canada is in the middle of a tennis boon, with several figureheads leading the charge.

Andreescu was 3-1 up when the result was called, and there was disappointment for fans and spectators that the final only continued for a period of 16 minutes. However, given how strong a competitor Serena is, one suspects that it must have been a serious injury for her to consider retiring this early in the final. Certainly, this has not been Serena’s year, and now she faces a race against time to try to get fit for the US Open.

After her exploits in getting to the final of Wimbledon last month, Serena looked like she could be back at the top of her game and free of injuries, but circumstances this weekend indicate that this is not the case. Her quick defeat in the final at SW19 to Simona Halep suggested that some of the challengers may have gained some ground at the top while Williams has been out over the last couple of years.

At 37, age is not on her side, and many neutrals would happily see her aim of getting the most Grand Slams of all time being achieved. However, this looks unlikely to happen in the immediate future, simply due to the number of injuries that she is picking up, and also because of the ability of her rivals for the top trophies.

Naomi Osaka may be back as world number one, but Serena beat her this week. It makes the US Open all the more open and hard to call from a sports betting perspective. However, with the men’s game so concentrated between the top three legends, a more intriguing women’s game is welcome.

Words: Josh Dixon

Images: PA