Rogers Cup Recap

Noora Popal
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@NooraPopal

Monday, August 12, 2019


 WOMENS

A bittersweet ending to this year’s Rogers Cup Women’s Finals as Serena Williams had to retire the match after suffering an injury early in the first set. This allowed Bianca Andreescu to become the first Canadian to win the tournament in 50 years.

 

Fans gathered Sunday afternoon to watch the highly anticipated match between Canada’s very own up-and-coming star Bianca Andreescu and one of the world’s greatest tennis players, only to witness 19 minutes of action before Williams called for a medical time out.

 

The young Mississauga native showed great sportsmanship as she approached Serena to comfort her. She crouched in front of the champion who was visibly upset and spoke with her, even made her laugh. They ended their interaction with a big embrace.

 

Williams suffered from back spasms which she said she started to feel in the game before the finals.

 

This is not how either of them expected the match to end, with Williams retiring the match and handing the trophy to Andreescu.

However, it made the fans very happy to see Andeescu, a fellow Canadian, win the tournament.

 

MENS

 

Rafael Nadal puts on a spectacular performance as he wins his fifth Rogers Cup. The match lasted 70 minutes, which was all the time Nadal needed to beat Daniil Medvedev in two quick sets, 6-3, 6-0.

 

Nadal dominated the majority of the match, playing some the best tennis we’ve seen this tournament. Daniil, who is an up-and-comer from Russia had a tough time getting control of the game as he faced the world No. 2.

 

Although Canadians would have loved to see a fellow Canadian win the Men’s Title, unfortunately, the men did not have much luck this tournament. The players fans were hoping to see in the later parts of the tournament all lost in earlier rounds.

 

Denis Shapovalov from Richmond Hill, Ontario, lost a tough match against Dominic Thiem, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6. The young Montreal native, Felix Auger-Aliassime beat both Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic before losing to Karen Kachanov.

 

It is always nice to see one of the world’s best tennis players do what he does best and dominate the court. The Spaniard won 82 percent of his first-serve points, hit 12 winners while also making only 13 unforced errors. Additionally, Nadal won 11-13 net points, just to mention of few of the phenomenal things he accomplished during the match.

 

Nadal's performance was nothing short of what was expected of him. And as for Medvedev, he can take this match as a learning opportunity and continue to improve his game.

 

 

As this tournament has come to an end all eyes are on the U.S. Open, the seasons last Grand Slam. This tournament will take place in two weeks in New York, where the players will get a final chance this year to win a Grand Slam title.