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Bianca Andreescu wins the Rogers Cup, Comforts Hobbled Serena Williams



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As long as he can play – and even if it's partly mummified on physiological tape – Bianca Andreescu doesn't lose. The 19-year-old Canadian won the Rogers Cup on Sunday in front of a home audience, continuing the season ashamed as dominant.

Andreescu began the year wading in qualifying rounds in Australia. Now her 2019 season includes: four months of release due to injury, the two biggest titles on the tour, the title of "the biggest drama queen so far" courtesy of the multi-headed champion, walkover and retirement from the second set and Record 7-0 in the top ten.

Successes happened sporadically with this ingenious, powerful player whose main obstacle is her own health. Angelique Kerber may find that Andreescu's frequent medical breaks are annoying to the game, but she can't argue with the scoreboard: record 36-4 in 2019 and # 27 in the world.

Andreescu rushed through the early season to win the Indian Wells, and then survived four games the following week in Miami before retiring with a right arm injury. After two months of recovery, she returned to the French Open, but withdrew before the second round match. She didn't play any matches between this fight in Paris on May 31 and the first round in Toronto on August 6. Even if the rest helped her shoulder, she suffered injuries to both legs to the semi-final last week. A long run on a hard pitch can be brutal on the lower body, and four of her six matches in Toronto took three sets. In the first test, she defeated Eugenie Bouchard, two other talented young players in Daria Kasatkina and Sofia Kenin, and two high-energy powers in Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskowa.

Like the Indian Wells, this title was a presentation of Andreescu's full repertoire. It's hard to think of any active WTA player who combines craft and power as easily as she does. Naomi Osaka, who regained first place this week, crushes the ball at Serena's pace, but it is I am still thinking about the art of mismanagement. Martina Navratilova described Andreescu as Martina Hingis with power that seems sufficient. Changing the pace is an ideal strategy when the extremes are as far away as Andreescu's huge speeds and distracting drops. The wider the gap in the opponent's expectations, the more lethal it becomes. There are many points that this uncertainty works in favor of Andreescu:

Yesterday's final was the first professional meeting with Serena Williams, material from the dreams of every young player, but the anticlimax ended after 19 minutes. In the first set 1-3 down Williams retired, unable to go through the back cramp, which began during the semi-final. "I've had it before and 24, 36 hours have passed when I'm just in a crazy contraction, and then it's over," said Williams after the match, explaining that the contraction had interrupted her rotation and sleep.

The new champion comforted the tearful Williams, calling her the "fucking beast" throughout her career and showing the fan knowledge of her injury history before jumping into the judge's chair to celebrate her trophy. If this was not yet clear, the image of Andreescu covered with a maple leaf flag with a maple leaf trophy made him indisputable: Canada can conveniently choose the best perspective for people under 20 on both routes.


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