Serena Williams on her injury: 'I could not sleep and move'


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Serena Williams on her injury: 'I could not sleep and move'

Serena Williams commented on her retirement during the Rogers Cup final in Toronto against Bianca Andreescu. The American player praised her opponent: "I think Bianca is a great girl, always have. That's why I have always wanted to play her.

She's just a fabulous personality. And, yeah, so she was -- she just -- she's an old soul." On her injury, Serena added: "It started yesterday in my match and it just got worse. 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.

And so that's a little bit frustrating for me because I know that I could play. I just can't play today. So I don't know. I'm just taking it a day at a time and see if it is usually what happens if it continues like that, with just that small window and sees if I improve after that small window.

Just 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?" Serena added: "I love playing here.

I love the crowd. I mean, it would have been a wonderful match regardless of the outcome. And I don't want to get this far and not at least try. I think I would have really regretted not at least going out there and seeing maybe if a miracle happened."