Serena Williams breaks down and leaves match after suffering from back spasms

She was playing in the Rogers Cup in Toronto and made it all the way to Sunday's finals against 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu.

19-year-old Andreescu, who has had her fair share of injuries in her nascent career so far, was courteous enough to go up to Williams and console her. One thing is for sure: Bianca Andreescu's victory has everyone talking about her.

It had been three years since Gael Monfils has seen the semifinals of an ATP Masters 1000 (Toronto in 2016), but the Rogers Cup saw him perform at the highest level-until he withdrew from his showdown with Nadal.

Tennis is a different game today with the big payouts and professional players, she said.

Andreescu approached her chair, offering words of encouragement and a consolatory hug as Williams tried to fight back tears. That's probably because she can relate.

She's projected to break into the top 15 in the world rankings on Monday after winning her first tournament since a right shoulder injury sidelined her at the French Open.

Williams' start to this season was heavily hindered by a knee injury, until she got her rhythm back at the All England Club to become formidable on grass until the one-sided final. She apologised and vowed "to keep going".

"It's a little frustrating for me because I know that I can play, I just can't play today", she said.

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She's not taking any chances before the U.S. Open, deciding to forgo this week's Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Williams has not won a title since returning from the birth of her daughter although she has reached three grand slam finals since then.

Serena also defeated Elise Mertens, Ekaterina Alexandrova and second seeded Naomi Osaka in her earlier matches.

The biggest mover this week, Marie Bouzkova, jumped nearly 40 places, putting her on the cusp of making it into the Top 50. The 23 time Grand Slam champion explained this was not the first time she had experienced a similar issue with her back. "I didn't want to pay attention to that".

Every athlete has their own ritual for celebrating a victory, and Bianca Andreescu is no exception.

Serena Williams called her an "old soul".

"I was really sad and she made me feel a lot better, so that was really nice", Williams said. Her game. Her attitude.

She took up tennis at age seven or eight at her father Archie's urging.

The moment occurred just moments after Andreescu was declared the victor of the tournament.

  • Lawrence Cooper