Serena Williams pulls out from Finals Match as Her Opponent Takes the High Road
August 12, 2019
Serena Williams was weeping from the sidelines after having to back out of a big match on Sunday – but her opponent proved to a good sportsmanship.
The tennis icon was facing 19-year-old Canadian Phenom BiancaAndreescu in Toronto for the 2019 Rogers Cup Final — and after playing four rounds … Serena was forced to pull the plug and remove her-self from contention due to back spasms she was experiencing.
According to reports, she had started to feel the spasms as late as Saturday night during her semifinal victory over Marie Bouzkova.
Looks like it all came to a head Sunday, because Serena became
incredibly emotional as she took a seat near the side netting and made her
decision to withdraw final. Pretty amazingly, Bianca ran over to console her
… and shared some pretty inspiring words too.
Andreescu and Serena were both mic’d up, and you can hear the
former ask if Serena was okay as she embraced her in a hug. After Serena breaks
the news to her — that she was pulling out — Bianca lets her know there’s no
shame in her game … because she’s the best.
She says, “I’ve watched you your whole career, you’re a
f***ing beast with injuries,” adding that she’s been through several
herself, and knows a bad break when she sees one.
Serena also makes mention of a tattoo she has, and Bianca quickly
points out where it is … saying, “I know everything about you.” The
two then hugged again on camera.
Serena later explained to the Rogers Cup crowd that she simply
couldn’t tough it out that day, noting that she had tried. She ended on an
optimistic tone, saying that despite it being a rough year professionally, she
was going to keep going and competing.
The bummer ending comes almost a year after her controversial U.S. Open finals match with Naomi Osaka, who won amid a sea of boos after Serena’s outburst, and eventual loss. She faced Naomi again on Friday and beat her … but health was her Achilles heel this time.
As for how Bianca handled this though, sportsmanship doesn’t get
much better than that.