Andreescu First Canadian Rogers Cup Champion in 50 Years

AM800-Sports-Bianca Andreescu-August 9-2019

Bianca Andreescu is the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years.

It may not have played out the 19 year old thought it would, but she's champion non-the-less.

The Mississauga native was up 3-1 in the first set when American Serena Williams called for a medical timeout — the chair umpire then announced Williams was retiring from the match due to back spasms.

It's the second World Tennis Association Premier title of the year and her 17 consecutive match victory, not counting when she had to withdraw from a match do to an injury of her own.

The last Canadian to win the title when it was still called the Canadian Open back in 1969 — Windsor's own Faye Urban.

Urban was inducted to the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996.

— with files from the Canadian Press.