Saving her best tennis for the weekend, the 19-year-old persevered against her pesky 20-year-old competition on Saturday, Russian-born Floridian Sofia Kenin, 6-4, 7-6 (5), to reach the final of her hometown Rogers Cup. Andreescu said the emotional display was automatic after a gruelling second set that had her face five match points.
The decorated tennis champion retired from the match Sunday after four games due to a back injury, according to ESPN, which also reported that Williams could be heard telling Andreescu of her back spasms.
In the next stoppage of play, Andreescu and a trainer went to the locker room for more in-depth treatment. Andreescu asked, her care and concern so genuine.
Andreescu had been on the court more than any other player at this year's Rogers Cup at 10 hours 54 minutes heading into Sunday's final. "It's been a tough year, but we'll keep going".
With these points, Bianca will make a debut in the top-15 on Monday and we should see a lot from this outstanding teenager at the US Open, heading to NY as one of the favorites if she brings her 'A-game'.
Andreescu has six career wins over top-10 players, all of which came this year. "It's just so incredible that I'm in the final of the Rogers Cup". The tournament's final lasted only 16 minutes before Williams withdrew. She'll wake up tomorrow ranked 14th, the highest-ranked teenager on Earth.
Thus, Bianca has added the second big title to her tally in the season full of ups and downs, making a great start until Indian Wells and having to deal with a shoulder injury ever since Miami, missing all the tournament except Roland Garros where she lost early as well.
Bianca Andreescu dropped to her knees and covered her face in visible relief before kissing the Aviva Centre's hardcourt after advancing to the Rogers Cup final.
"For sure, there's some pressure, but I have nothing to lose, really", Andreescu said. Her overhead-smash-turned feathered touch in the eighth game of the opener was an utter delight for the pro-Canadian fans to witness and she pumped her first after converting on her fourth break point of the set to take it 6-4.
Andreescu went up 5-2 before Kenin stormed back, and it was 6-5 for the Canadian when the American headed for the locker-room for a medical timeout after having her leg examined on court.
"I try to channel that pressure into something good", said Andreescu.
"I'm not a crier, but, thank you guys", said Williams as she choked back tears after accepting the second-place cheque. She won in 2001, 2011 and 2013 - all in Toronto - and has a tournament-record 34 victories in 38 matches.