Serena Williams hopeful over injury at the Rogers Cup

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Serena Williams is hopeful over her back injury that caused her to retire from the Rogers Cup final

Serena Williams hopes that after a “small window” she would recover from a back injury that saw her retireย during the final Rogers Cup.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion made it through four games of the opening set, but was forced to retire from the match when the pain became too much, WTA said.

Her opponent, 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, took the title in front of a hometown crowd. But instead of immediately celebrating, Andreescu rushed to comfort Williams, who was visibly upset on the sideline.

Even though the 37-year-old was clearly seen in tears on court due to the pain and disappointment, she revealed that her spasms generally lasted for less than two days.

“That’s the most frustrating part. I’ve had this before and it’s like 24-36 hours where I’m just in crazy spasm and then it’s like gone,” the 23-time grand slam champion told a news conference.

“That’s a little frustrating for me because I know that I can play, I just can’t play today.

“So, I don’t know, I’m just taking it a day at a time and see, usually what happens is it continues like that with just that small window and see if I improve after that small window.”

Williams enjoyed a fine run in Toronto, improving her win-loss record this year to 19-5.

The veteran said she first felt her back pain in Saturday’s semi-finals during a challenging three-set victory over Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova.

“It started yesterday in my match and it just got worse,” Williams said.

“My whole back just completely spasmed and to a point where I couldn’t sleep and I couldn’t really move and so I was just trying to figure out how do you play a match where you have no rotation?”

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