retired with a back injury in the final of the the Rogers Cup in Toronto, handing the title to Canadian teenager Bianca .

, 37, was left in tears after suffering back spasms as 19-year-old comforted her courtside.

The American was a break down at 1-3 in the first set when she withdrew.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today, I tried,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “It’s been a tough year, but we’ll keep going.”

, who won her first WTA title at n Wells earlier this year, becomes the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women’s singles title since 1969.

“Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it’s not easy,” she said.

“This wasn’t the way I expected to win. You are truly a champion. I’ve watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court.

“I’m speechless right now. This has been a dream come true.”

’ only previous retirement in a singles final came at the Rogers Cup in 2000 – the year was born.

was seeking to win her first title since returning to competition in 2018 after the birth of her daughter.

The , where will hope to win her 24th Grand Slam title, starts on 26 August.

She reached the Wimbledon final last month – losing to – but struggled with a knee injury earlier in the year.


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