Williams, who received some TLC from Andreescu after withdrawing with injury from Sunday's final, was impressed with the 19-year-old Canadian's class in that shared moment on the bench, calling her a "great sportswoman" and an "old soul". The 23 time Grand Slam champion explained this was not the first time she had experienced a similar issue with her back.
"I really hope that I can crack the top 10 now and play in the WTA Tour finals by the end of the year". "I lost in like 30 minutes or something and I just needed to go home and get a lot better".
Injuries have plagued Andreescu, however, including at the Rogers Cup last week where groin pain prompted a medical timeout in her quarterfinal win over world No. 3 Karolina Pliskova.
Williams has been battling a few injuries for the past two years.
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The victory moved Andreescu to No. 14 in the world rankings. (Laughs) It was nice, I guess, that I was injured during the summer because all my friends are in college right now - so I guess that was kind of good timing? It's a dream come true.
"This week has not been easy".
She reached the Wimbledon very last closing month - dropping to Simona Halep - however, struggled with knee damage earlier inside the year. Instead of immediately cheering after winning the title, she chose to be by Williams' side to comfort her.
Bianca Andreescu (L) tries to console Serena Williams (R) after she withdrew from the championship match during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre in Toronto, Canda, on August 11, 2019. "I kept telling myself 'never give up.' I'm trying to look at my injury not as a setback but more of a challenge". I've watched you play so many times.
"I've had a tough week playing so many three-setters, and I wanted to listen to my body and not make the same mistake I made at Indian Wells", Andreescu told The Globe and Mail on Monday, explaining her decision to pull out of Cincinnati.