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.
Presuming some R&R does the trick, there is no reason to doubt Andreescu has what it takes to go where two Canadians, Bouchard and ace-master Milos Raonic, have gone before her: To the final of a Grand Slam. "You're going to bounce back", Andreescu told the 37-year-old Williams during an emotional on-court embrace moments after the legend bowed out with a back injury on Sunday. I'm sorry I couldn't do it today, I tried. Bianca, you're a great sportswoman.
"I obviously expected this".
The Rogers Cup was Andreescu's first tournament after a right-shoulder injury sidelined her since the French Open in May.
Accolades for the 19-year-old have been flooding in from around the globe after Andreescu won the Rogers Cup on Sunday in Toronto. "I really do believe that I can do well at the U.S. Open and even crack the (WTA's) top-10 by the end of this year".
Andreescu claimed her second WTA Premier level title of the year, having rocketed to prominence in March when she became the first wild card to win at Indian Wells.
After the heartbreaking moment when Serena Williams had to withdraw from her final match at the Rogers Cup, she and Andreescu shared a special moment where they expressed their admiration and respect for each other on the court.
But the six-times U.S. Open champion, still without a title since returning from maternity leave in 2018, now faces her latest injury setback with the year's final Grand Slam just two weeks away. (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?
The victory moved Andreescu to No. 14 in the world rankings.
Despite her recent success and time in the spotlight, Andreescu isn't letting the pressure get to her. It makes sense, then, that her favorite player would be Simona Halep, another tennis pro who hails from Romania. "She definitely doesn't seem like a 19-year-old in her words, on court, and her game, her attitude, her actions".
The day she won the Canadian Open in 1969 was one of the those days where everything gelled, she recalled. "This has been a dream come true".
The Rogers Cup final lasted only 16 minutes before Williams retired.